Christina Gold

Former Chief Executive Officer
The Western Union Company

Director Since:


Business Experience
From September 2006 until September 2010, Ms. Gold was Chief Executive Officer, President and a director of The Western Union Company, a leader in global money movement and payment services. She was President of Western Union Financial Services, Inc. and Senior Executive Vice President of First Data Corporation, former parent company of The Western Union Company and provider of electronic commerce and payment solutions, from May 2002 to September 2006. Prior to that, Ms. Gold served as Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Excel Communications, Inc., a former telecommunications and e-commerce services provider, from October 1999 to May 2002. From 1998 to 1999, Ms. Gold served as President and CEO of Beaconsfield Group, Inc., a direct selling advisory firm that she founded. Prior to founding Beaconsfield Group, Ms. Gold spent 28 years (from 1970 to 1998) with Avon Products, Inc., a leading global beauty company, in a variety of positions, including as Executive Vice President, Global Direct Selling Development, Senior Vice President and later President of Avon North America, and Senior Vice President & CEO of Avon Canada.

Public Board Memberships

  • ITT Corporation, a manufacturer of highly engineered components and technology solutions for industrial markets

  • Korn/Ferry International, a leadership and talent management organization

  • Exelis, Inc., a diversified, global aerospace, defense and information solutions company, from October 2011 to May 2013


Additional Accomplishments and Memberships

  • Board of New York Life Insurance, a private mutual life insurance company

  • Board of Safe Water Network, a non-profit organization working to develop locally owned, sustainable solutions to provide safe drinking water

  • Board of Governors of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada


Ms. Gold brings a number of valuable characteristics to our Board, including her extensive international and domestic business experience, her familiarity with the Company’s customer base, her financial expertise and her prior experience as a chief executive officer.