First Data prolongs partnership with Turkish Akbank for card management



First Data First Data announced the renewed partnership with Akbank for its global issuing and consumer finance solution. Akbank, Turkey’s largest bank in terms of market capitalization, has been using First Data’s issuing and consumer finance platform for the management of its loyalty card brands such as Axess, Wings and Fish since 2001. Under the terms of the new agreement, Akbank will continue to use the First Data solution to grow its credit card customer base.

Mr. Alpaslan Ozlu, IT executive vice president of Akbank, said: "Compared to other European countries, Turkey is one of the fastest growing markets. This rapid growth was one of the reasons for Akbank’s decision, in 2001, to migrate its card management system to First Data’s solution. The relationship with First Data has allowed us to rapidly bring new products to market to meet the fast-changing customer demand."

Soner Canko, managing director of First Data’s operations in Turkey, said: "We are delighted to expand our business relationship with Akbank, one of the leading banks in the Turkish market. We continue to strengthen our position in Turkey and look forward to rapid further growth in what is a key emerging market for First Data."




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