In advance of its acquisition by Allied Irish Banks PLC, Dauphin Deposit Corp. has named Susan C. Keating president and chief executive officer.

Ms. Keating, 46, will succeed Christopher R. Jennings on July 8. Mr. Jennings, 54, announced his retirement last week and will join the board of $11 billion-asset First Maryland Bancorp, Allied Irish's U.S. bank holding company.

Ms. Keating is currently executive vice president and head of retail banking at First Maryland.

Allied Irish, based in Dublin, is to buy Dauphin next month; Dauphin will become a subsidiary of Baltimore-based First Maryland and be called Dauphin Deposit Bank and Trust Co.

Ms. Keating will oversee $6 billion-asset Dauphin Deposit and its Bank of Pennsylvania, Farmers Bank, and Valleybank divisions. She will also manage the day-to-day operations of First Maryland's York Bank and Trust Co. while continuing to oversee retail banking for First Maryland.

The executive, a 23-year banking veteran, said she does not foresee major changes.

"I plan to spend a lot of time initially meeting customers and community leaders and employees," she said in an interview. "We don't know yet what the new regional organization will look like, but everything we do will continue to be focused on our customers."

Before joining First Maryland in 1996, Ms. Keating was president and senior bank executive for NationsBank Corp.'s Maryland subsidiary.

She will relocate with her family to central Pennsylvania.

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