BankAmerica Corp.'s Illinois affiliate said A. James Baka has been hired to augment expansion of its commercial banking business in Wisconsin. Mr. Baka was previously chief financial officer at Ariens Co., a manufacturer of outdoor power equipment in Brillion, Wis.

As senior vice president and senior banker, Mr. Baka is based in Milwaukee and reports to Mark Acheson, executive vice president and head of Bank of America Illinois' commercial banking division.

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