Alex Holmes has served as CEO of MoneyGram International, a global provider of innovative money transfer services, since January of 2016. Alex joined MoneyGram in 2009 as senior vice president of corporate strategy and investor relations, where he played an integral role in setting the company’s strategic direction. In 2012, he was promoted to executive vice president & chief financial officer and added the title of chief operating officer in 2014. MoneyGram operates in more than 200 countries and territories and has over 3,000 employees in 35 offices worldwide.
Prior to MoneyGram, Alex spent almost nine years at First Data Corporation and Western Union where he gained extensive experience in global financial services and in-depth expertise in the money transfer and payments industries. While at First Data, Holmes held a variety of positions including chief of staff to the CEO, head of investor relations and senior vice president of global sourcing & strategic initiatives. During his time at Western Union, Alex was based in Amsterdam, Netherlands for two years with management responsibility for the Benelux region. His career began at the University of Colorado where he worked as a financial systems project manager in the Systems Administration Office. Mr. Holmes serves on the board of directors of MoneyGram International and on the board of directors of the MoneyGram Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on education. Alex is a member of LoneStar YPO, and recently joined the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business board of alumni and friends.
He is a graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he earned a bachelor's of science in business administration and accounting, and also a graduate of the University of Colorado-Denver, where he received a master's of science in information technology.
Alex considers himself a citizen of the world having had the privilege of visiting more than 50 countries for his work over the course of his career. He is a native of Simsbury, Connecticut, and currently resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and two boys.