Anticipating its merger with Glendale Federal Bank later this year, California Federal Bank appointed Scott A. Kisting head of its retail bank, effective Sept. 1.

Mr. Kisting will have complete responsibility for the CalFed retail unit, including its branch network, business banking, investment sales, marketing, and consumer lending units, as well as its information systems and administrative support functions.

Mr. Kisting joins CalFed from New England-based Citizens Financial Group, a $17 billion institution, where he was chief operating officer with responsibility for the group's four-state banking franchise.

He came to Citizens from Norwest Corp.

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