Derek V. Smith and Lee R. Anderson were named to the board of directors of Metris Companies Inc., one of the nation’s fastest-growing financial service companies.
Smith is president and CEO of ChoicePoine Inc., a leading provider of informational and custom systems to mitigate insurance, business and government risk and fraud. ChoicePoint was recently formed by the spin-off of the Insurance Services Group from Equifax Inc. Prior to the spin-off, Smith was an executive vice president responsible for the Insurance Services Group.
Smith has held a number of executive positions at Equifax since joining the company in 1984. Previously, he was a senior consultant with Andersen Consulting. Smith is also on the board of ChoicePoint and is a member of several business and charitable organizations. Smith is a resident of Atlanta, Ga.
Anderson is chairman and CEO of APi Group, Inc., headquartered in St. Paul, Minn. APi consists of 18 separate construction, manufacturing, fire protection and material distribution companies operating our of 86 offices in the United States and Canada.
Anderson is also chairman of Anderson Financial Group, Inc., a multiple-bank holding company with 2 banking facilities in northern Minnesota. He is a director of Pan O’Gold Country Hearth Banking Company and a member of various business and philanthropic organizations. Andersen is a resident of Minneapolis, Minn.
Metris Companies Inc., is an information-based direct marketer of consumer credit products, extended service plans and fee-based products and services. Based in St. Louis Park, Minn., Metris also has operations in Tulsa, Okla.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Baltimore; and Champaign, Ill., and currently empolys nearly 1,300 people. Metris is an 83 percent-owned subsidiary of Fingerhut Companies, Inc., a data-base marketing company based in Minnetonka, Minn.
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