San Francisco-based Bank of the West is migrating its debit card program to MasterCard. The Bank serves 450,000 debit cardholders and offers 355 ATM locations and 296 branches in California, Oregon, New Mexico, Nevada, Washington State, and Idaho. The parties are also exploring additional debit program possibilities, such as commercial, prepaid, reward-based, and brokerage debit cards. As part of the multi-year agreement, MasterCard Advisors, the professional services affiliate of MasterCard International, will support conversion of existing debit cards for Bank of the West, as well as the soon-to-be- acquired portfolios of Union Safe Deposit Bank and Community First Bankshares. MasterCard added 1.5 million debit card accounts during the second quarter to bring its portfolio to 51.1 million accounts. During the second quarter, MasterCard processed more than 500 million debit card transactions in the USA. For complete details on MasterCard’s 2Q/04 results, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).