Bank of America, San Francisco, has named Fred Buhler a senior vice president.

Based in Toronto, Mr. Buhler, 53, will continue as president of Bank of America Canada, where he is responsible for all corporate banking activity for the bank's Canadian operations.

Mr. Buhler has headed the bank's wholly owned Canadian subsidiary since July 1992, and reports to Barbara Z. Otto, group executive vice president of the Latin America and Canada division.

Ms. Otto noted that the promotion reflects the parent bank's recognition of both Buhler's international banking expertise and accomplishments and Bank of America's strong commitment to the Canadian market.

NEW ENGLAND

BANK OF BOSTON has nemed Robert Garty director of sales in Massachusetts for its private bank.

Mr. Garty was formerly a vice president of sales for Chase Manhattan's private bank, where he managed a staff of 20 salespeople responsible for providing a full array of products and services to high-net-worth individuals.

Before he worked at Chase, Mr. Garty was director of investment management services at United Jersey Bank.

Catherine Elder has been named director of lending at the private bank.

For the past 12 years, she has worked in several divisions at Bank of Boston. Most recently, Ms. Elder was the team leader for southern Europe in Bank of Boston's foreign multinational division.

FLEET BANK of Massachusetts, Boston, a unit of Fleet Financial Group, said Deborah Lawrence-Swallow has joined the bank as vice president in the commercial banking division. She is responsible for loans and banking services for middle-market companies.

Ms. Lawrence-Swallow joined Fleet from BayBanks Inc., Boston, where she was vice president in charge of banking services for midsize to large corporations.

David N. Grenier has been hired as a vice president in the managed asset division. He was formerly with First N.H. Bank in Manchester.

Carol A. Sexton has been promooted to vice president in the bank's consumer banking division. She manages sales and customer service at seven branches in the Worcester region.

She joined Fleet from BayBanks, where she had management responsibility for 10 branches in Worcester.

MIDWEST

NBD BANK, Fort Wayne, Ind., has named Martha Z. Crane regional Community Reinvestment Act officer.

In her new post, Ms. Crane will be responsible for maintaining the bank's current "outstanding" rating.

ABN AMRO North America Inc., Chicago, announced several appointments in its capital markets and trade finance groups.

Robert Buhler has joined the bank as senior vice president of ABN Amro USA's capital markets originations group, responsible for syndications, shortterm asset sales, private placements, and tax advisory functions.

He also will comanage the asset securitization unit.

Mr. Buhler was with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce as a corporate senior vice president and senior managing director, responsible for all capital markets functions in the United States.

Tracy Turner has become senior vice president of the private placement group, with responsibility for marketing private placements with hedging products.

Mr. Turner previously worked for Canadian Imperial Bank as managing director of the private placement group.

George Radakovich has joined the bank as senior vice president of the derivatives sales group. Mr. Radakovich was also with Canadian Imperial Bank, where he was managing director for the interest rate management group.

Kristen Fletcher has joined ABN Amro USA as senior vice president of the structured trade finance group. She will lead a team responsible for marketing and structuring complex trade finance transactions using a wide range of capital-markets-driven techniques.

Ms. Fletcher had been a senior vice president and manager of the structured trade group for Standard Chartered Bank in Los Angeles and First Interstate Bank.

Michael Stoddard has joined as a vice president in the structured trade finance group, responsible for managing originations, structuring syndications, and executing complex trade finance packages.

He had been a vice president in structured trade finance at Standard Chartered Bank in Los Angeles and First Interstate Bank.

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