Moving to clear up questions about its succession plans, Huntington Bancshares said Thursday that it has named Peter E. Geier to the No. 2 job of president and chief operating officer.

Mr. Geier, 42, is a 15-year veteran of the banking company who has been viewed as a possible successor to chairman and chief executive officer Frank Wobst, 65, since last October. That's when the $29 billion-asset banking company put Mr. Geier in charge of a restructuring effort that so far has yielded a 10% reduction in its 10,000-person workforce, 39 branch closings, and a projected $128 million boost in 1999 earnings.

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