Barbara Ralston has been appointed Phoenix-area president of First Interstate Bank of Arizona.

Ms. Ralston is responsible for the day-to-day operations of more than 100 retail branches in metropolitan Phoenix and northern Arizona. She also is responsible for First Interstate's community activities in those markets.

Ms. Ralston previously was executive vice president and manager of First Interstate's northeast Arizona retail area. She joined the bank in May 1994 from Chase Bank of Arizona following First's Interstate's purchase of the Chase Manhattan Corp. unit on April 30.

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