Equifax Inc. hired a former Advanta Corp. executive, James J. Allhusen, to head its largest division, North American Information Services.

Mr. Allhusen, 49, an executive vice president, succeeds John Rougeau, who is to retire Feb. 28.

The information services unit includes Equifax's consumer data base, collections, modeling, and risk management businesses.

Mr. Allhusen reports to Thomas F. Chapman, president and chief executive officer. At Advanta, Mr. Allhusen was an executive vice president in charge of the domestic and international card businesses.

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