First of America Bank Corp., Kalamazoo, has promoted William R. Cole, Richard R. Spears, and Richard V. Washburn to the rank of executive vice president.

Mr. Cole had been chief executive officer of First of America Bank Michigan since 1982, and Mr. Spears had been its president and chief operating officer since 1994.

Mr. Cole will now be responsible for First of America Bank Corp.'s commercial and industrial, real estate, and specialized and international lending, as well as for cash management and noncredit services, sales, credit administration, and underwriting.

Mr. Spears will oversee retail sales and delivery, including small- business deposits and lending, consumer direct lending, credit protection, branch sales and operations, alternative delivery systems, and Community Reinvestment Act activities.

Mr. Washburn was senior vice president for human resources; his responsibilities are the same at the new rank.

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