The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) today announced the appointment of Shannon Armbrecht as its first Chief Diversity and Talent Officer. Ms Armbrecht commences her role with immediate effect, reporting directly to Richard Williams, Chief People Officer.

Shannon Armbrecht

In her new role, Ms Armbrecht will provide strategic direction for enterprise-wide programs that accelerate alignment of talent, employee relations, culture and capabilities with Western Union’s commitment to its DEI goals. Additionally, she will drive the strategy for, and oversee implementation of, Executive Leadership development, sourcing, and talent acquisition, focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion around the globe.

Ms Armbrecht brings more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources management, people strategy and senior leadership development, the last nine of which have been at Western Union in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently serving as Head of People Strategy and DEI Lead.

“Western Union is a global, purpose-driven company, serving people from all backgrounds and our diverse talent is one of our most valuable assets,” Armbrecht said. “ We have made great progress over the course of recent years in evolving our employee base to resemble the diversity of the customers we serve. It’s a great honor and an exciting challenge to advance our programs and help write the next chapter in our inclusive and equitable history as we continue on this journey.”