Former MasterCard executive James Desrosier has been named executive vice president of marketing at Excite Inc., provider of the popular WebCrawler Internet search engine.

Mr. Desrosier, 42, came from Excite competitor Infoseek but before that had spent six years in senior marketing posts at MasterCard International. A senior vice president, he played key roles in debit card strategy and in developing the "Smart Money" advertising campaign.

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