FirstMerit Corp., Akron, Ohio, has promoted three top executives.

Jack R. Gravo was named executive vice president, finance and administration, for FirstMerit Corp. He had been president and chief executive of FirstMerit Citizens National Bank, Canton.

Carrie L. Tolstedt was appointed to succeed Mr. Gravo and named an executive vice president of the parent corporation.

Ms. Tolstedt had been senior vice president of corporate retail since May 1995, and interim president and CEO for FirstMerit Peoples National Bank in Wooster, Ohio, since March.

Before joining FirstMerit, she was a vice president for loan administration at Norwest Bank Nebraska, Omaha. Ms. Tolstedt also headed retail banking, marketing, and sales development at the Norwest unit, where she served as a senior vice president and managing officer.

Robert P. Brecht was named executive vice president of corporate retail. He had been executive vice president of retail administration for FirstMerit First National Bank of Ohio, Akron.

Before joining the flagship bank, he was president and CEO of FirstMerit Peoples Bank in Ashtabula, Ohio.

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