National City Bank, Cleveland, has promoted Philip L. Rice to executive vice president of its North Coast region.

The region consists of branches in Cleveland and Ashland-as did the Metro/Ohio division, which Mr. Rice had led since 1995 as senior vice president. His duties are now expanded to include cash management for middle-market businesses.

Mr. Rice joined the bank in 1980 as a management trainee. He was promoted to assistant vice president and corporate planning officer in 1984, vice president of merchant banking in 1987, and managing director of National City Venture Corp. in 1992. In 1994 he was named a senior vice president of National City Bank and head of strategic planning.

He reports to William E. MacDonald 3d, the bank's president and chief executive officer.

Meanwhile the parent National City Corp. hired James Hughes as director of information services for corporate operations and the information services division.

He will oversee development of software applications as well as communications and project and consulting services.

Since 1994 Mr. Hughes had been a vice president in systems at USF&G Corp., Baltimore; chief information officer of worldwide life insurance with American International Group Inc., in Hong Kong; and most recently a partner with Andersen Consulting in Baltimore.

National City Corp. also promoted Stanley E. Harris to manager of government accounts.

Mr. Harris, who managed 16 branches in Columbus, will be chief liaison with the Ohio state treasurer's office, other state agencies, the City of Columbus, Franklin County, and Columbus' public schools.

He remains a vice president of National City Bank Columbus, which will shortly be merged into Cleveland-based National City Bank.

Mr. Harris joined the banking company in 1980 as a corporate banking trainee.

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