ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. - Walter M. Hoff, chief executive officer of NDC Health Information Services, has been elected to the board of Metris Cos.Before taking his current post at the Atlanta-based National Data Corp. unit, Mr. Hoff was executive vice president of First Data Corp., overseeing its card services group. He was also chief financial officer of American Express Information Services Corp., a predecessor of First Data.

"Walter's strong background in the financial industry and information management services will be an invaluable asset to the board," said Ronald N. Zebeck, Metris' president and chief executive officer. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about electronic commerce in particular, a key growth area for Metris."

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