U.S. Bancorp announced Monday the following appointments within its Payment Systems division, which is composed of the company’s Corporate Payment Systems, Retail Payment Systems, Network Services, Credit Cycle and Merchant Processing functions.
Gail N. Maier has joined Retail Payment Systems as head of the company’s consumer credit and business card function. Maier most recently owned and operated Four Dimensions Holding, Inc., a manufacturer of high-end customized home storage systems based in Oakland, Calif. She was previously associated with Bank of America, where she served as executive vice president of global retail banking and at GE Capital/Retailer Financial Services in Stamford, Conn. She held a series of increasingly significant general management roles at GE Capital including senior vice president of quality, president and CEO of Montgomery Ward Credit, senior vice president of the Lowes Credit Center, vice president of Apple Computer Credit and marketing director.
Robert T. Abele has been named head of Corporate Payment Systems, which provides corporate card and purchasing card programs and services to businesses and government. Abele will be responsible for sales and relationship management as well as PowerTrack, Corporate Products, Voyager Fleet Systems, Marketing Communications and C.A.R.E., the company’s Web-based Customer Automation and Reporting Environment. He has most recently served as senior vice president of Network Services. Abele succeeds Steven M. Putney, leader of sales and relationship management for Corporate Payment Systems, who has accepted a position with PaySys International, Inc., an Atlanta-based software firm. Abele has been associated with Corporate Payment Systems since 1991, when he joined U.S. Bancorp as national sales manager for Corporate Payment Systems. Prior to joining U.S. Bancorp (then First Bank System), Abele was associated with Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia.
Abele’s additional duties were previously held by Mark S. Coronna, who has been named head of the Electronic Payments Services Group, a new department which will be responsible for new product development and new business opportunities across Payment Systems, including National Bank Payment Systems, Business-to-Business Electronic Procurement and Payment and Enterprise Use of C.A.R.E. Coronna, a 20-year veteran of the commercial payment systems and technology-based industries, joined U.S. Bank from Deluxe Direct, where he was vice president of electronic commerce. Prior to that time he was associated with Persoft, Inc., R-Scan Corporation and Open Systems, Inc.
Margaret A. Utke-Christianson, has been named head of Network Services, succeeding Abele. Network Services is composed of U.S. Bank’s ATM network and the company’s electronic transaction processing business. Utke-Christianson has been associated with U.S. Bancorp (then First Bank System) for 20 years, serving in a variety of capacities in electronic delivery and product management. She has held her most recent position as vice president and delivery integration manager in the ATM area since 1996.
“Gail brings extensive experience in the financial services industry to Retail Payment Systems and we’re happy to have her join our group,” said Daniel J. Frate, president of U.S. Bancorp’s Payment Systems division. “Additionally, we’re also pleased to be able to provide internal people with challenging new opportunities. Rob is a recognized leader who has done a fantastic job building our current book of business and has excelled at client relations. Marge and Mark have been significant contributors to the success of Payment Systems. I’d also like to thank Steve for his contributions to Corporate Payment Systems and wish him well in his new endeavor.” Putney served in sales and relationship management for Corporate Payment Systems since 1996 and prior from 1990 to 1995. From 1995 to 1996, Putney was associated with EDS in Plano, Texas.
Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, with $77 billion in assets, is the 13th largest bank holding company in the nation and operates approximately 1,000 banking offices in the Midwest and West. The company provides comprehensive banking, trust, investment, and payment systems products and services to consumers, businesses and institutions. It operates a network of 5,300 ATMs and provides 24-hour, seven-days-a-week telephone customer service. The company offers full-service brokerage services at approximately 100 offices through U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray, the 11th largest brokerage in the nation. The company is the largest provider of Visa corporate and purchasing cards in the world, and is one of the largest providers of corporate trust services in the nation. For further information, please see the U.S. Bancorp web site at [http://www.usbank.com]