Edward A. Barbieri has been named group executive and president of First Data Solutions, an information services unit of First Data Corp. that serves the financial, retail, collections, and insurance businesses.

Mr. Barbieri, 55, was previously president of First Data Retail Services.

Reporting to John Chaney, group president of First Data Solutions, Mr. Barbieri will be in charge of risk and credit strategy initiatives while overseeing several business units, including Consumer Credit Associates, Decision Support, and Hogan Information Services.

The company described these units as strategically important because they help clients improve credit decisions and reduce credit losses.

Before joining First Data in 1996, Mr. Barbieri worked with Comdata Holdings Inc., Burroughs Corp., and TRW Information Services.

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