ATLANTA — First Data Corp. has made it official: Charles Fote, the company’s president and chief operating officer, will take the chief executive officer job next January, when Henry “Ric” Duques, the longtime chairman and CEO, retires.

Mr. Duques will remain chairman through 2002, and will continue as chairman of eONE Global, the payment technology company that First Data started last year with iFormation Group.

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