First USA Inc. has appointed Peter W. Atwater executive vice president and treasurer.

Mr. Atwater, 35, will be responsible for asset securitizations and relationships with banks, the investment community, and rating agencies. He will also serve on First USA's asset/liability committee.

Mr. Atwater had been at J.P. Morgan & Co., New York, for 13 years, most recently as head of the asset-backed finance group.

He reports to Jack A. Antonini, vice chairman and chief financial officer for First USA.

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