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ABN Amro Inc., the Chicago investment banking, advisory, and brokerage subsidiary of the Dutch ABN Amro Bank NV, has hired John K. Martin Jr. as director of the equity research team in its New York office.

He will focus on the cable industry.

Mr. Martin was the vice president of investor relations at Time Warner Inc., where he worked for seven years. Before that he had been a senior auditor at Ernst & Young for four years.

He will now work with David Londoner, who was named managing director of U.S. media in ABN Amro Inc.'s U.S. equity research division. Both will report to James D. McDonald, the company's director of research.

ABN Amro Bank NV has $490 billion of assets.


Summit Bancorp in Princeton, N.J., has promoted Timothy E. Doyle to senior vice president of structuring and portfolio management in the specialized industries group.He is based in Cranford, N.J., and reports to Wayne Trotman, executive vice president and senior managing director of the group.

Mr. Doyle was vice president and portfolio manager of leveraged finance in the group. Before that he had been managing director in the loan portfolio group at CIBC Oppenheimer in New York, where he had worked for two years.

He has 20 years of experience in leveraged finance, risk management, loan and portfolio management, and origination.


Financial Performance Corp. in New York, a communications consultant to financial companies, has elected Nathan Gantcher, Jonathan F. Foster, and J. William Grimes to its board.Mr. Gantcher, 60, was the president, chief operating officer, and co-chief executive officer of Oppenheimer & Co. for 14 years - until 1997, when Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce bought it. He was a governor of the American Stock Exchange, a director of Mack-Cali Realty Corp., and a senior advisor at RRE Investors. He is a trustee of Tufts University and a member of Columbia Business School's board of overseers.

Mr. Foster, 39, is the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Toysrus.com. Before that he was a managing director at Lazard Freres, the New York investment bank. He has 15 years of investment banking experience.

Mr. Grimes, 59, is a co-founder and general partner of BG Media, a private equity fund focusing on media and communications industries. Earlier he had been the president and CEO of ESPN, Multimedia, Univision, and Zenith Media.


WESTBank of America has named Barbara Robinson as consumer executive for its 280-branch southeastern division in Southern California and assigned Leticia Aguilar to succeed her in that role at the 250-branch greater-Los Angeles division.

Ms. Robinson will now oversee banking centers throughout Imperial, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Riverside counties. She had held her previous post since 1998 and has been with the bank and its predecessors for 28 years, having started as a teller for Security Pacific, which the old BankAmerica Corp. bought in 1992.

She succeeded Leigh Cross, who was named consumer regional executive for south Orange County.

Ms. Aguilar will oversee banking centers throughout Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. She had been the consumer executive for the Southern California in-store division, responsible for supermarket branches, since 1998. She had joined the old BankAmerica Corp. in 1972 as a customer service representative.

Ms. Robinson, Ms. Aguilar, and Ms. Cross report to Liam E. McGee, Bank of America's California president.


SunAmerica Inc. in Los Angeles, a retirement savings subsidiary of American International Group Inc., has promoted executive James R. Belardi to president of SunAmerica Investments, a unit that oversees fixed-income operations.He remains an executive vice president and principal financial officer of SunAmerica Inc., with responsibility for mutual fund, treasury, and guaranteed investment contract operations.

Mr. Belardi, 43, has held key management posts - including senior vice president and treasurer - since he joined the company in 1986. Earlier he had worked at Santa Fe International Corp., an oil and gas contract drilling and engineering company.

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