Advanta Corp. said a South African businessman has been elected to its board of directors.

Ronnie Lubner, chairman and chief executive officer of South Africa's Plate Glass and Shatterprufe Industries, a company with annual sales of $1.5 billion, became the 14th member of the credit card specialist's board.

A company spokeswoman noted that "geographic expansion is one of our strategic directives," and that Advanta has looked to the United Kingdom and other countries for international expansion.

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