Bank Rhode Island, East Providence, has hired J. Peter Stickeler to be executive vice president and chief lending officer.

He will direct the bank's commercial, commercial real estate, and small- business lending.

Mr. Stickeler had been senior executive vice president of commercial lending at Rhode Island Hospital Trust, a unit of BankBoston Corp. Earlier, he was director of middle-market lending in Fairfield (Conn.) and Westchester (N.Y.) counties for Connecticut Bank and Trust Co.

Bank Rhode Island has $484.5 million of assets.

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