LaSalle Bank in Chicago has hired Mary Laraia as the group senior vice president in charge of the newly created community affairs department.

Starting next month she will be responsible for the $47 billion-asset bank's community development lending, civic and charitable activities, public policy and planning coordination with key government groups, Community Reinvestment Act initiatives, and the bank's Community Development Corp. She will report to M. Hill Hammock, chief operating officer.

Ms. Laraia, 49, was a senior vice president and the head of community reinvestment at Bank One Corp. in Chicago. Before that she had been the head of capital development for the Cook County government and president of the Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago.

LaSalle is a subsidiary of ABN Amro, a $511 billion-asset Dutch banking company.

MIDDLE ATLANTICCitigroup Inc. has promoted Douglas L. Peterson to chief auditor.

He oversees a global staff of 600 and reports to the audit committee of Citigroup's board of directors.

He was a managing director in the audit and risk review organization, where he oversaw the merger of audit functions of Citigroup's predecessors, Citicorp and Travelers Corp., and led the Citicorp audit teams that had covered the global capital markets in Latin America and the Travelers insurance businesses.

He joined Citibank's corporate bank in 1985 as a relationship manager in Buenos Aires and New York. He had also been a Citibank country corporate officer in Costa Rica and Uruguay.

SOUTHEASTWachovia Corp. in Winston-Salem, N.C., has hired Adam S. Greene as a senior vice president and the managing director of the communications industry group in the global corporate finance division.

The communications industry group was formed last year and is responsible for developing advisory strategies, capital solutions, merger and acquisition, merchant banking, public equity, private capital agency, debt capital markets and leveraged lending services to the bank's clients in the communication sector.

Mr. Green, who will be based in Atlanta, was a managing director in New York in charge of the North American media and telecommunications industry group at ABN Amro Bank of Chicago, the North American subsidiary of the Dutch banking company ABN Amro. Before that he had led ABN Amro's Asian telecommunications business in Singapore for three years.

SunTrust Banks Inc. in Atlanta has promoted E. Jenner Wood, an executive vice president and the head of private-client services, to president of its Georgia banking unit.Mr. Wood, 49, will also become chairman and chief executive of the bank's Georgia banking unit, in March, when Robert R. Long, a 34-year SunTrust veteran, retires. Mr. Wood's presidency is effective immediately.

William H. Rogers Jr., 42, an executive vice president, has succeeded Mr. Wood as head of private-client services. He has also joined SunTrust's management committee, the senior level internal forum for policy formulation and business coordination. He was the company's head of Georgia community and retail banking.

WESTCity National Investments in Beverly Hills has hired Geoff Seaman and Corinne A. Miller as vice presidents of estate and financial planning.

Mr. Seaman was president of FFR Advisory LLC in Irvine, Calif., where he advised in the areas of investment consulting, estate, business continuity, employee benefits, executive benefits, and accumulation planning. He has 25 years of experience.

Ms. Miller was an estate and financial planning consultant in the estate, gift, and trust division at Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she created and implemented individualized estate plans for high-net-worth clients.

They report to Juliann Cruz, senior vice president of business development.

City National Investments, which has $5.3 billion of assets under management, is the trust and investment division of $8.9 billion-asset City National Corp.

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