First Data Corp. executive Don Kohl has left to become chief information officer of ClaimCard Inc., a provider of Web-based software and payment systems to the insurance industry.

Mr. Kohl had been executive vice president-systems at First Data Merchant Services Corp.

ClaimCard president and chief executive officer Larence Park called Mr. Kohl "one of the top information technology executives in the payment systems industry."

Mr. Park, who also has a merchant processing background and worked previously at Nabanco, a company First Data acquired, said Mr. Kohl's experience with "very large scale transaction processing systems, combined with his entrepreneurial approach, will add tremendous value to our management team."

At the First Data merchant services unit, Mr. Kohl worked with such major customers and networks as Sears, Roebuck and Co., the United States Postal Service, Discover Financial Services, Microsoft Corp., and Merrill Lynch & Co.

He has also held systems positions at Chase Manhattan Bank and Western Union.

ClaimCard programs include the ClaimCard MasterCard, the first system of its kind designed specifically for the payment requirements of the insurance industry.

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