Banknorth Group, Burlington, Vt., has promoted Richard J. Fitzpatrick to executive vice president and chief banking officer, overseeing all of Banknorth's banks.

Banknorth has seven banks in Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, as well as mortgage company and an investment management affiliate.

Mr. Fitzpatrick, who will assume his new duties Feb. 1, is now president and chief executive officer of Banknorth's Howard Bank subsidiary, a job he has held since 1994. Banknorth expects to appoint his successor in this quarter.

Mr. Fitzpatrick joined the holding company in 1992 as executive vice president and managing director of loans.

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