HSBC Bank USA has named David C. Kotheimer as regional president in charge of consumer and middle-market banking in New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida, and Susie Babani to succeed him as executive vice president of human resources.

Mr. Kotheimer succeeded Mark Hershey, who had held the regional job on an interim basis. Mr. Hershey is the bank's executive vice president of commercial middle-market banking.

Mr. Kotheimer has been with HSBC since 1987 in jobs including New York district executive and director of training and development, both at the senior vice president level; administrative vice president and commercial executive; vice president and team leader of commercial insurance lending; and assistant vice president of the Brazilian sovereign risk management group. He had come to HSBC from Mellon Financial Corp.

He is based in New York and reports to Alexander "Sandy" Flockhart, senior vice president of commercial banking.

Ms. Babani was the global head of human resources for the asset management division of HSBC Holdings PLC, the U.S. bank's London-based parent company. Before that she had been the senior vice president of human resources at HSBC Bank Canada and the head of human resources at HSBC's offshore centers in Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man.

Before joining HSBC in 1989 she had held executive human resources posts in the United Kingdom at Bechtel Corp. and Woolwich Building Society, a retail financial institution.

In her new job Ms. Babani is based in New York and reports to Robert H. Muth, senior vice president of administration.


Bank of America Corp. has hired Candice Allphin as the commercial banking client relationship manager in charge of southern and eastern Idaho and eastern Oregon.

She succeeded Kathleen Lewis, who retired.

Ms. Allphin was a regional sales manager and business banking team leader in Boise for U.S. Bancorp, her employer for 10 years. She has 22 years of banking and community service experience in the Treasure Valley area.

Visa International in San Francisco has given Tom Shepard the title of executive vice president of global marketing partnerships and sponsorships.His responsibilities, which do not change, include creating strategic global marketing partnerships and international cobranding alliances with leading multinational corporations.

Mr. Shepard had held the title of senior vice president since he joined Visa in 1997.

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