TSYS (NYSE: TSS) announced today that Keith Pierce, group executive of Commercial Services, has received the Most Influential Executive award at the CPI Global Awards for Excellence in Commercial Cards & Payments. Pierce was one of nine finalists for the award, which this year honors three exceptional professionals in the commercial payments industry. “TSYS is very proud of Keith and he is certainly deserving of this honor,” said Philip W. Tomlinson, chairman and chief executive officer, TSYS. “He was instrumental in creating and growing the commercial card division at TSYS, which is now recognized around the world as the leading provider of commercial payment services in the industry. This award is also a tribute to his team and the work they do on behalf of TSYS every day.” “We are delighted the judges selected Keith Pierce as one of the most influential commercial cards and payments executives,” said Joanne Robinson, founder and chief executive officer Commercial Payments International (CPI). “Keith was one of the early pioneers in commercial payments, recognizing many years ago that these customers have requirements that are different from retail card issuers and customers. He has worked for many years to improve products and services available in this sector and continues to carry the banner for commercial cards and payments. CPI is grateful to have the support of TSYS and Keith as key partners in the industry.” Pierce is responsible for the overall strategic direction and profitability of the commercial business at TSYS and has oversight of client relations, day-to-day operations, financial performance and business strategy. Pierce was honored on March 20 as part of The Global Commercial Cards & Payments Summit 2013 in New York City. About TSYS At TSYS, (NYSE: TSS), we believe payments should revolve around people — not the other way around. We call this belief "People-Centered Payments SM." By putting people at the center of every decision we make, with unmatched customer service and industry insight, TSYS is able to support financial institutions, businesses and governments in more than 80 countries. Offering merchant payment-acceptance solutions as well as services in credit, debit, prepaid, mobile, chip, healthcare and more, we make it possible for those in the global marketplace to conduct safe and secure electronic transactions with trust and convenience. TSYS’ headquarters are located in Columbus, Georgia, with local offices spread across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. TSYS provides services to more than half of the top 20 international banks, and has been named one of the 2012 World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere magazine. For more information, please visit us at www.tsys.com. About CPI CPI is the thought leadership community of senior commercial payments executives who are resolutely focused on driving the transformation to automate payment processes. CPI hosts events in North America and Europe throughout the year and posts thought leadership articles on its website www.commercialpaymentsinternational.com.