IIt's not always that a long-time employee of one institution survives and thrives after its acquisition. But Diane D'Erasmo, who worked at Republic National Bank for 20 years before HSBC purchased the smaller bank in 2000, has seen her career accelerate.

Today, D'Erasmo is evp and regional president of commercial banking. Her responsibilities include business development and asset management for commercial companies in the Northeast region. She manages a team of 100 relationship managers and is responsible for 50 percent of the bank's business with commercial banking clients in the U.S. Despite an incredibly challenging economic environment, her unit is aiming at double-digit growth in 2008.

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