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Wright Express Named by InformationWeek as a Top 500 Technology Innovator for the Second Year in a Row

Octane is the first mobile app with real-time fuel price data, and text-to-speech capabilities

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 12, 2012-- Wright Express Corporation (NYSE: WXS) today announced that InformationWeek has recognized it as one of the 500 most innovative users of business technology, for the second consecutive year.

For 24 years, InformationWeek editors have tracked the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America’s best-known companies. In 2011 and again in 2012, Wright Express has been recognized for its focus and investment on innovation. The company’s investment in mobile technology including its fuel site locator app, "Octane,” emphasizes this focus. “Octane” helps drivers find the lowest fuel prices and provides real-time fuel station data and up-to-date, local transaction-based prices. Additionally, the mobile app is the first in the industry to integrate text-to-speech technology for hands-free operation. This allows drivers to hear, rather than read directions to their selected fueling site and focus on driving safely.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award again in 2012 for our commitment to technology which reflects our ongoing commitment to develop innovative products driven by customer demand,” said George Hogan, senior vice president and chief information officer at Wright Express. “The innovation teams at Wright Express should be extremely proud of this award, and I congratulate everyone for the vital role they play in enabling our technology leadership strategy.”

“This year’s innovations were particularly impressive,” said InformationWeek editor in chief Rob Preston. “What the editors looked for are unconventional approaches – new technologies, new models, new ways of grabbing business opportunities and solving complex business problems with IT.”

Past winners include The Vanguard Group, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Monster Worldwide, USAA, Merck and Colgate-Palmolive. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

The annual list was revealed on September 11 at an awards gala ceremony during the InformationWeek 500 Conference at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, Calif.

Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at

About Wright Express

Wright Express is a leading provider of value-based, business payment processing and information management solutions. The Company's fleet, corporate and prepaid payment solutions provide its more than 350,000 customers with unparalleled security and control across a wide spectrum of business sectors. The Company's operations include Wright Express Financial Services, Pacific Pride, rapid! PayCard, Wright Express Prepaid Cards Australia, Wright Express Fuel Cards Australia and CorporatePay Limited, England, as well as a majority equity position in UNIK S.A, Brazil. Wright Express and its subsidiaries employ more than 900 associates. For more information about Wright Express, please visit

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Source: Wright Express Corporation

Press Contact for Wright Express:
Jessica Roy, 207-523-6763
Director of Corporate Communications
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