Bank One Michigan in Detroit has announced that Richard Haslinger, its western Michigan president since 1998, will become the region's chairman as well at yearend, succeeding David Frey, who will retire.

Mr. Haslinger started his banking career as a management trainee at National Bank of Detroit, a predecessor of Bank One. He has 21 years of banking experience.

Mr. Frey, 58, will become an adviser to Bank One, having worked for the company and its predecessors since 1974. In 1979 he became president of Union Bank and Trust Co. in Grand Rapids, and in 1983 of its holding company. In 1986 he became western Michigan chairman of Detroit's NBD Bancorp, which bought Union that year. In 1998, Bank One Corp. of Chicago bought NBD and renamed it Bank One Michigan.

Bank One Michigan has $21 billion of assets. The parent company has $273 billion.

Commerce Bank in Kansas City, Mo., has named three new vice presidents for its private banking unit.The bank promoted assistant vice presidents Pamela A. Carter and Kathleen L. Springer and hired Allen Palmquist Jr.

Ms. Carter joined Commerce in 1979 as an administrative assistant.

Ms. Springer joined the bank in 1996 as an assistant vice president. She has 10 years of lending experience.

Mr. Palmquist was the director of trust marketing for the private banking and trust department at First Bank in Creve Coeur. He has 10 years of lending and trust experience.

All three report to John Handy, executive vice president of private client services.

Commerce Bank, a subsidiary of $11.4 billion-asset Commerce Bancshares, has $9.4 billion of assets.

SOUTHEASTFirst Virginia Banks Inc. in Falls Church has promoted Ralph J. Edwards and Theodore J. Merkle Jr. to chief executive officer of First Virginia Services Inc. and First Virginia Operations Services Inc., respectively.

Each was president and chief information officer of his unit.

First Virginia Services is responsible for the company's information technology, e-commerce, and electronic banking services. First Virginia Operations Services provides such operational services as cash management, financial reporting, and corporate security.

Mr. Edwards has worked for the company for 22 years. Mr. Merkle has been on board for 31, holding posts in branch management, loan operations, and data processing.

First Virginia Banks has $9 billion of assets.

Bank of America's private bank has named Chris Hill relationship manager for Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C.Mr. Hill had been the commercial banking group's client manager for Greenville County since 1996 and had been responsible for managing and expanding the commercial loan portfolio. He had started with the group in 1995, when he joined Bank of America.

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