In a dramatic about-face, the head of BankAmerica Corp.'s hard-charging loan syndications desk rejoined the bank only days after tendering his resignation.

Keith Barnish, senior managing director for BankAmerica, was set to join Societe Generale later this month to head the French bank's U.S. loan syndication effort. But late Friday, BankAmerica executives said they had persuaded Mr. Barnish to stay.

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