SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Credit Store Inc., a company that buys nonperforming credit card loans and then offers some of those borrowers unsecured Visa and MasterCard cards, has hired as interim chairman Geoffrey A. Thompson, former president and chief executive officer of Marine Midland Banks Inc.

Mr. Thompson is succeeding Martin J. Burke 3d, who resigned as chairman and CEO because of differences with the directors, the company said in a news release.

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