First Data appoints general manager to lead new BWA Merchant Services alliance with BankWest

Sydney, 12 September 2005 - First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in payment systems and electronic commerce, today announced the appointment of Tim Oneacre as general manager of BWA Merchant Services, First Data’s newly-formed merchant services alliance with Western Australia’s leading bank, Bank of Western Australia Limited.

Mr Oneacre takes on the new role from his position as Vice-President, Operations at First Data Merchant Services, effective immediately.

Since joining First Data Merchant Services in 1996, Mr. Oneacre has had a direct hand in running the company’s key back-office operations including merchant activations, training and conversions. He has played a leading role in First Data’s global development efforts since 2001, representing back-office operations and international platform development in Europe, the Americas, the Far East and now Australasia.

"This is a key appointment for a strategic initiative," Greg Nash, managing director of First Data International in Australia, New Zealand and South Asia said. "Tim brings the dual strengths of intimate knowledge of, and expertise in, First Data’s key back office operations as well as merchant-facing activities, and a global perspective gained through his international development role."

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