Vital Processing Services Inc. has named Jonathan J. Palmer, former chief technologist and head of retail operations at Barnett Banks Inc., to be president and chief executive officer.

The appointment fills an eight-month void at Vital, the fifty-fifty merchant processing venture formed in 1996 by Visa U.S.A. and Total System Services Inc. of Columbus, Ga., which in turn is owned by Synovus Financial Corp.

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