Worldpay Executive Director Ron Kalifa named 10th on The EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List


London — Worldpay is pleased to announce that Executive Director Ron Kalifa OBE has ranked 10th on the EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Models 2018, presented by the FT.

The list showcases the work done by business leaders to promote inclusion and diversity. It rank’s the Top 100 Executive BAME professionals working in the US and UK to realise positive change. For the second year running, Ron impressed the judges who praised him for his continued efforts in raising the profile of the BAME contribution to our society and push continued for progress in creating equal opportunities for all.

Suki Sandhu, founder & CEO of EMpower, said: “Our lists exist to drive the empowerment of ethnic minorities within business. Role modelling is fundamental to ensuring equality of opportunity and more inclusive workplace cultures. Those who have achieved personal success have a responsibility to inspire the next generation of ethnic minority leaders, and those featured on our lists are more than living up to it. Through these lists we hope to encourage individuals and businesses to stand up and work together to drive change in our society and workplaces – doing so will inspire the diverse leaders of tomorrow.”

Ron Kalifa, Executive Director of Worldpay, said: “We have seen some hugely positive developments this year in moving towards greater workplace diversity across the public and private sector. However, there is still much more that can be done and the business community has a key role to play in achieving equality, diversity and inclusion for all.  

I’m proud of Worldpay’s progressive commitment to diversity but it is imperative we continue to strive for excellence in this area, be a leader and example to our industry peers and empower everyone to realise their potential, no matter what their background”

All of the 2018 leading ethnic minority role models were nominated by peers and colleagues. Nominations were reviewed by a judging panel consisting of: Ashok Vaswani, CEO, Barclays UK, Barclays; Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever; Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company; Nina Vaca, Chairman & CEO, Pinnacle Group; Linda Yueh, economist, broadcaster and author of The Great Economists, Leyla Boulton, Special Reports Editor, The Financial Times; and Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO, Involve.  

About Ron Kalifa

Ron sits on the Worldpay Board of Directors and was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Worldpay for over 10 years. Prior to this, Ron held various executive roles within RBS and NatWest. Ron is regarded as an expert in the card and payments industry and was recognized as “Industry Personality of the Year” at the 2011 Card & Payments Awards for his commitment and contribution to the field. While Ron has significant experience as a CEO within the payments industry, he has also developed key strengths in mergers and acquisitions and strategy development. Ron also sits on the boards of Transport for London, QIWI PLC and Visa Europe. Ron was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year 2018 Honours List for services to financial services and technology.

About Worldpay

Worldpay, Inc. (NYSE: WP; LSE: WPY) is a leading payments provider with unique capability to power global integrated omni-commerce, any payment, anywhere. With industry-leading scale and an unmatched integrated technology platform, Worldpay offers clients a comprehensive suite of products and services globally, delivered through a single provider.

Annually, Worldpay processes over 40 billion transactions through more than 300 payment types across 146 countries and 126 currencies. The company’s growth strategy includes expanding into high-growth markets, verticals and customer segments, including global eCommerce, Integrated Payments and B2B.

Worldpay, Inc. was formed in 2018 through the combination of the No. 1 merchant acquirers in the U.S. and the U.K., Vantiv, Inc. and Worldpay Group plc. Worldpay, Inc. trades on the NYSE as “WP” and the London Stock Exchange as “WPY.”

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About EMpower

EMpower is a professional membership organisation, helping corporate members drive greater BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) inclusion at all levels of their organisations. Founded in 2017, it provides powerful network connections, helping businesses create diverse and representative workplace environments where everyone can succeed. EMpower is backed by 10 founding members: BP, Barclays, LinkedIn, Jupiter, Coca-Cola, Virgin Money, Slaughter and May, PwC, Sainsbury’s and Dentsu Aegis.

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