BancFirst Ohio Corp. in Zanesville has named senior vice president James B. Baemel as chief commercial lending officer of its First National Bank of Zanesville.

He succeeded Joseph M. Arie, who resigned to pursue other interests, the company said.

Mr. Baemel oversaw branch sales, marketing, and product design. He had joined the bank in 1998 as head of its small-business lending division, with the rank of regional vice president. Earlier he was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Money Store Investment Corp.

BancFirst Ohio has $1.6 billion of assets.

Midwest Banc Holdings Inc. in Melrose Park, Ill., has promoted chief financial officer Edward H. Sibbald to director of marketing and investor relations.He was also promoted from senior to executive vice president.

Mr. Sibbald will be responsible for all marketing activities of the $1.3 billion-asset company and its subsidiaries. (He is a director of two of them, Midwest Bank of McHenry County and Midwest Bank of Western Illinois.)

He had joined the holding company nine years ago as senior vice president of administration. He has 20 years of management experience in corporate finance, banking and consulting.

Daniel R. Kadolph, who was treasurer of Midwest Banc Holdings since 1997, succeeded Mr. Sibbald as CFO.

Mr. Kadolph had joined the company’s Midwest Bank and Trust Co. subsidiary in 1983. He had become comptroller of the parent company and a vice president 11 years later. He is also a director of First Midwest Data Corp., its data processing subsidiary.

Mr. Sibbald and Mr. Kadolph will report to Brad A. Luecke, president and chief executive officer of Midwest Banc Holdings.

MIDDLE ATLANTIC Malvern Federal Savings Bank in Paoli, Pa., has hired John J. Foff Jr. as president.He succeeded Thomas F. Robinson, who retired.

Mr. Foff, 49, was senior vice president, treasurer, and CFO of $564 million-asset Willow Grove Bank, where he worked for 14 years. Before that he had worked at Founders Federal Savings and Loan Association in Philadelphia and at First American Savings in Jenkintown, Pa.

Malvern Federal Savings has $376 million of assets.

SOUTHEAST Imperial Bank of Inglewood, Calif., has hired Hakim E. Kassam as vice president and business development officer of its new South Florida small-business lending division office.He will be based in Coral Springs, Fla.

Mr. Kassam held similar jobs for a year at BankUnited Financial Corp. in Coral Gables and for two years at Money Store’s commercial lending division.

At $6.9 billion-asset Imperial he will report to Martin Carr, senior vice president and South Florida regional manager.

WESTUnited Bankers’ Bank of Bloomington, Minn., has hired Craig McCandless as correspondent banking officer for Montana and the Dakotas.

He will succeed Dick Holmes, who will retire in October.

Mr. McCandless, who will be based in Billings, Mont., was the assistant vice president of correspondent banking at Oklahoma City-Bankers Bank in Oklahoma City, his employer for five years.

United Bankers Bank has $139 million of assets. Its holding company is United Bankers’ Bancorp. of Bloomington.

Heritage Bank South Valley in Morgan Hill, Calif., has promoted David Funkhouser to senior loan officer.He was also named a senior vice president.

The bank, a subsidiary of $508 million-asset Heritage Commerce Corp. in San Jose, Calif., has $29 million of assets. Mr. Funkhouser had joined it last year, when it opened, as vice president of commercial lending.

He has 25 years of banking experience. He had come to Heritage from $1.2 billion-asset Cupertino National Bank, where he had been vice president and relationship manager. (Cupertino National is a subsidiary of $3.2 billion-asset Greater Bay Bancorp. of Palo Alto, Calif.)

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