TA Associates, a Boston private equity firm, has hired Philip C. Rueppel as a principal focusing on Internet infrastructure investments, including storage and content and systems management.

Mr. Rueppel was a senior systems analyst and managing director in charge of the Internet infrastructure and computer systems segments at Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, where he worked eight years. Before that he had been an equity research analyst covering computer companies at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

MIDDLE ATLANTICFirst Union Insurance Services Inc. in Wayne, N.J., has named Anthony D. Fenton president of its New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware operations.

Mr. Fenton remains an executive vice president and the chief operating officer of First Union Insurance Services. As president he succeeded John J. Petillo, who left to become president and chief executive officer at Newark Alliance.

Before joining the company in 1995, Mr. Fenton was in charge of agency sales at First Security Insurance Inc. of Salt Lake City, where he worked for six years.

First Union Insurance is a unit of First Union Corp. of Charlotte, N.C.

SOUTHEASTSunTrust Banks Inc. in Atlanta has promoted Gary Peacock Jr. to director of investor relations and corporate communications.

He succeeded Eugene S. Putnam Jr., who resigned. Mr. Peacock reports to John W. Spiegel, vice chairman and chief financial officer.

Mr. Peacock was SunTrust's retail banking strategic financial officer. Before that he had been an executive vice president and director of retail banking at South Financial Group in Greenville, S.C. Still earlier he held senior management jobs at Barnett Banks Inc. (now part of Bank of America Corp.) of Jacksonville, Fla.

Wachovia Corp. in Winston-Salem, N.C., has named Jack O. Clayton - who is executive vice president in charge of retail, private financial, sales finance, business banking, commercial real estate, and corporate banking services in central North Carolina - to run these businesses in eastern North Carolina as well.His area now covers 53 counties.

He reports to Will B. Stence Jr., chief executive officer of the company's Carolinas banking operation.

Mr. Clayton has been the North Carolina central region executive since 1997. He started his banking career at Wachovia in 1977 as an operations manager in the international banking group and has been the Raleigh, N.C., city executive, district manager for corporate banking in Raleigh, and a senior vice president.

Bank of America Private Bank in Miami has hired Diane de Vries Ashley as the private bank market executive for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.Ms. Ashley was president of Ashley Consulting Group Inc. Before that she had been the executive vice president in charge of private banking, trust, and investment businesses at Espirito Santo Bank in Miami.

Earlier she was a senior vice president and general manager of Bank of Boston International, where she worked for nine years. And before that she held jobs at the Los Angeles-based First Interstate Bank of California for four years and at American Express Banking Corp. in New York for six years.

She began her banking career at Bankers Trust Co. in New York.

WESTSanwa Bank California in San Francisco has given Christopher J. Warmuth, the bank's chief credit officer and the head of its quality management division, the title of senior executive vice president.

He remains in charge of maintaining the overall quality of the bank's loan portfolio and of overseeing credit policy, special assets, and all bank-owned properties and facilities. He reports to Ryosuke Tamakoshi, president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Warmuth has held his current posts since 1998. He joined the bank in 1994 as a senior vice president and director of the special assets department.

Before that he had been a senior vice president in the real estate industries group at the old BankAmerica Corp. He joined BankAmerica in 1992, when it bought his previous employer, Security Pacific National Bank of Los Angeles, where he had worked for 12 years, most recently as an executive vice president in the real estate special assets group. (BankAmerica merged with NationsBank Corp. in 1998 to form what is now Bank of America Corp.)

Sanwa Bank California is a unit of Sanwa Bank Ltd. of Osaka, Japan.

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