Colonial BancGroup in Montgomery, Ala., has hired former Barnett Bank executive Margaret Potter to be a vice president and manager of the Brickell branch in its South Florida region.

Ms. Potter is in charge of business development and loan production, as well as managing the branch.

She has 19 years of financial experience and was an assistant vice president and office manager for Barnett Bank in western Florida before it was bought by the former NationsBank Corp. last year. Earlier she was a portfolio manager in Barnett's private banking division. She also worked at Consolidated Bank in Miami Lakes and Sun Bank in Bal Harbour, Fla.

Colonial BancGroup, a $10.5 billion-asset company, has 251 offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Nevada, and Texas.

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