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today named Paul Roth as its president and chief executive, effective March 1.

Roth, previously a vice president at a unit of

SBC Communications

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, succeeds Charles Foster, who served as interim president and chief executive since December. Foster will remain chairman at Prodigy. Foster assumed the day-to-day duties of chairman, president and CEO after Charles Roesslein resigned Dec. 1.

Yesterday, Prodigy reported a

fourth-quarter loss that widened sharply from the year-ago figure but nevertheless came in better than two analysts had projected.

SBC, a component of the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

, owns about 43% of Prodigy.