FirstMerit Corp., Akron, Ohio, said Howard L. Flood, chairman, will retire April 9, when his current term ends, and become chairman emeritus.

Mr. Flood became chairman a year ago. Since 1983 he had been president and chief executive of the holding company, formerly First Bancorporation of Ohio, and its First National Bank of Ohio. John R. Cochran succeeded him last year in those jobs.

Mr. Flood joined the bank, then called First National Bank of Akron, in 1963.

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