Judge Fowler, a veteran banker and computer systems expert who moved into a senior job this year at First Data Corp.'s card services group, died Dec. 20 in a private airplane accident in Ohio.

Mr. Fowler, who was 49, was the first president of First Data's professional services unit, playing a key role in technology strategy. He told American Banker last March that he would be occupied with the "transition of culture from a mainframe bias to a multitiered architectural bias."

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