This year chief executives are retiring at Bank of America (Dick Rosenberg), First Interstate (Ed Carson), Amsouth (John Woods), First Chicago/NBD (Dick Thomas), National City (Ed Brandon), Wells Fargo (Carl Reichardt), and Keycorp (Victor Riley). I can't recall another period in which so many chief executives at major banks have retired so close to each other.

These outstanding industry leaders have amassed a combined service record to the industry of more than 250 years. They will be leaving enormous shoes to fill at a critical juncture in the life of the banking industry.

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