Compass Bancshares, Birmingham, Ala., hired Clayton D. Pledger as executive vice president and chief information officer.

Mr. Pledger came from NationsBank, where he was Midwest transaction services executive and a senior vice president.

He joined NationsBank in January 1997, when it bought Boatmen's Bancshares, where he had been manager of operations and a senior vice president. He arrived at Boatmen's a year earlier when it bought Fourth Financial Corp.; he was Fourth Financial's manager of operations and technology as well as an executive vice president.

Mr. Pledger will report to D. Paul Jones Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Compass Bancshares.

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