Thomas P. Johnson Jr., former retail chief at Barnett Banks Inc., has landed a new job in a similar capacity at Boatmen's Bancshares.

Mr. Johnson accepted a post last week as executive vice president of retail banking at St. Louis-based Boatmen's, which has assets of $33 billion. Since Boatmen's operates a decentralized network of separately chartered banks in nine states, Mr. Johnson will not have line responsibility for the branches, but rather will design strategy that can then be implemented - if appropriate - in the individual banks.

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