First of America Corp. has named David Brooks president and national sales manager of its brokerage unit.

Mr. Brooks succeeds Noah Zecher, who left First of America Brokerage Service Inc. in November to become chief executive of Amsouth Investment Services, Birmingham, Ala.

Mr. Brooks, 43, joined the First of America unit in July 1994 as a vice president and regional sales manager for central Illinois. He started his new job Dec. 16, and reports to John Rapp, executive vice president for the bank's trust and financial services division.

A company spokesman said the bank started its preliminary search internally, and never looked at outside candidates.

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