John Valente, senior vice president of Visa International, has joined the advisory board of Netroscope, a consulting and market research firm that focuses on the Internet.

Netroscope evaluates on-line technologies and market trends for clients and conducts custom research projects. Its seven other advisers are mostly from computer companies.

At Visa, Mr. Valente oversees the information application development division, which comprises Web development, data warehousing, predictive systems, and distribution of information to member banks.

He was previously a vice president of Citicorp, working in systems development for consumer banking and credit cards.

"Mr. Valente will bring industry insight and expertise to Netroscope from a strategic information-technology organization's vantage point," said Natalie Shaheen, founder and president of Netroscope.

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