Dime Bancorp this week officially announced the appointment of Thomas J. Ducca as chief information officer.

Mr. Ducca, 48, had been acting CIO for Dime and its subsidiary Dime Savings Bank of New York since joining the company in July. That was when his predecessor, Jack L. Wagner, became a consultant for the company.

Dime also made Mr. Ducca an executive vice president. He will report to Lawrence J. Toal, chief executive officer.

The new CIO had come to Dime from Benton International, a subsidiary of Perot Systems. He was a lead consultant in Benton's call-center consulting practice and spent 18 months as the principal consultant in revamping Dime's call center.

Mr. Ducca has extensive overseas experience, including a stint as executive vice president of domestic banking at Riyad Bank, Saudi Arabia's second largest.

He began his career at Chase Manhattan Bank and worked there for two decades. As manager of Chase's retail banking business in Hong Kong he installed the bank's first overseas ATM network.

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