First Midwest Bank in Buffalo Grove, Ill., has promoted Thomas J. Schwartz to group president of commercial banking and Janet M. Viano to group president of retail banking, newly created posts.

Mr. Schwartz was the president of $5.9 billion-asset First Midwest's offices in Lake and Cook counties. He had started his banking career there 29 years ago, when the bank was named Citizens National Bank.

Ms. Viano was responsible for overseeing First Midwest's client services, the development of its Web site, and the bank's initial offerings in commercial and retail e-commerce. She had started working in its retail banking division 16 years ago.

SOUTHEASTRepublic Bancorp in Louisville, Ky., has promoted Kevin Sipes, chief accounting officer and controller of its $1.5 billion-asset Republic Bank and Trust Co., to senior vice president and chief financial officer of the bank and its parent.

He reports to Steven Trager, chief executive officer and president, and succeeded Mark Vogt, who resigned to become chief operating officer at Capital Steel Ventures, a Louisville company that his family owns.

Before coming to Republic, Mr. Sipes had been a staff accountant at Deloitte & Touche for two years

WESTPacific Capital Bancorp in Santa Barbara, Calif., has hired William J. Grimm as executive vice president and chief information officer in charge of information technology and retail support.

Mr. Grimm was president of Sigma Technology Partners Inc., a Princeton, N.J., consulting and systems integration firm that serves the financial services industry. Before that he had been a senior vice president of Bank of America's world banking group.

He has 30 years of experience in the financial services and information technology industries. He has worked as a vice president of travel and related services at American Express Co. in New York and at senior management positions at Bankers Trust Co. in London and Citibank in New York.

Pacific Capital has $3.2 billion of assets.

Sanwa Bank California in Los Angeles has given E. John Doyle and John C. Schrup the newly created title of first vice president.Their responsibilities remain the same. Mr. Doyle, who was a senior vice president of the $9 billion-asset bank, has been in charge of the retail and small-business branches from San Diego to Santa Barbara since 1997. The bank now has 53 branches there.

Before that he had been the head of retail banking at Southern California Savings and a senior vice president and division manager at California Federal Bank.

Mr. Schrup, whose title was regional manager, has been responsible since 1993 for the branches - 43 of them now - from San Francisco to Bakersfield. Before that he had been the regional manager of 21 Northern California branches for four years at the former First Interstate Bank in Los Angeles, where he worked for 16 years.

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