Colonial BancGroup, Montgomery, Ala., has hired Maria Paulsen as Colonial Bank South Florida's sales and service manager for the northern part of Miami-Dade County.

Ms. Paulsen, who was also named a vice president, will oversee sales and training for the Miami Beach, Beachside, Mystic Pointe, and Sunny Isles branches.

She had been assistant vice president and sales and service manager at Barnett Bank's Bay Harbor office. Barnett was bought by NationsBank Corp.

Colonial also hired Beatriz Suero as an assistant vice president in the bank's private and executive banking division. Ms. Suero was an assistant vice president and relationship manager at Barnett Bank in Miami, where she managed a private banking portfolio.

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