The recent appointment of Kallash C. Khanna, the first American to head global technology for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or Swift, is symbolic of the new corporate culture at the Brussels-based payments network.

Mr. Khanna, 54, has spent many years in international banking, at CIT Group - formerly a unit of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. - and in running sophisticated networks, at American Airlines and TWA.

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