OMAHA - The Card Services Group of First Data Corp. has appointed Steve R. Watson vice president of strategic planning.

Before joining First Data, Watson was vice president of marketing and planning for Software AG in Reston, Va.

Mr. Watson is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians, as well as a Fullbright Fellow.

Separately, the Card Services Group said that Pat Fitzpatrick has become vice president of systems and programming in its card product services unit.

She will oversee First Data's newly-formed systems and programming operation in St. Louis, responsible for administration of software development.

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