TEMPE, Ariz. - Donna Embry has resigned as executive vice president of product marketing for Tempe-based Vital Processing Services.A veteran of the electronic payment industry, Ms. Embry, 52, joined Vital in November 1996, shortly after its inception as a joint venture of Visa U.S.A. and Total System Services Inc. She had worked 29 years for PNC Financial Corp. and its predecessor, Citizens Fidelity Corp., including stints as chief operations officer for CFC Financial Services and corporate vice president for PNC.

Ms. Embry said she left Vital to seek new challenges and plans to choose one of three offers in the coming weeks. The payments industry is on the "threshold of moving to a whole new plateau," she said. "It's exciting when you see something like the Internet. You just know it's going to change the face of processing. … I really do believe that Vital also is on the threshold of bursting out."

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