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VISA APPOINTS SMITH VICE PRESIDENT

 SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 23 ~PRNewswire~ -- Visa U.S.A. has named W. Lamar Smith vice president-government relations, the company announced today.
 Smith, who served as Republican staff director and chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs since 1987, will be headquartered in Visa's new Washington D.C. office.
 "Lamar Smith's appointment and the opening of our Washington D.C. office underscore our commitment to strong and effective government relations," said H. Robert Heller, president and chief executive officer of Visa U.S.A.
 Smith became chief economist for the Senate Banking Committee in 1981. Prior to his service with the Senate, he was senior vice president and senior administrative officer for Texas Commerce Bancshares.
 Smith holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
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