Bank of America Corp.'s asset management group has promoted executive vice president Mary Jane Block to the newly created job of metropolitan St. Louis market executive at its Bank of America Private Bank.

She reports to Laura Whitley, private bank president for the Midwest.

Ms. Block had been the asset management group's chief financial officer for four years.

She joined Bank of America, then named NationsBank, in 1997 when it bought Boatmen's National Bank of St. Louis, where she was CFO, chief operations officer, and an executive vice president. She had joined Boatmen's in 1995.

Ms. Block has been working for Bank of America and its predecessors since 1978. She started her financial services career as a senior public accountant at Ernst & Young in 1976.

MIDDLE ATLANTICABN Amro has hired two UBS Warburg executives - Fabian Hassel and Greg Kagay - for top jobs relating to the automobile industry.

Mr. Hassel will lead ABN Amro's automotive group, at managing director rank, as he had done for PaineWebber Inc., which UBS bought in November. UBS had made him a managing director of investment banking.

Before joining PaineWebber, Mr. Hassel had held similar posts in New York at Schroders Inc. and Kleinwort Benson Inc.

Mr. Kagay was hired as the senior analyst in charge of North American automotive stocks, at senior vice president rank. At UBS Warburg he was a senior analyst and a first vice president covering automotive suppliers. He had come to the company from similar jobs at Schroders, Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder Inc., McDonald Investments Inc., and Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Hassel and Mr. Kagay are both based in New York. Mr. Hassel reports to Michael Glazebrook, ABN Amro's head of corporate finance in North America. Mr. Kagay reports to Margo Vignola, its head of research for the Americas.

New York Life Insurance Co. has promoted Theodore A. Mathas, a senior vice president and the chief operating officer of its agency department, to the same position in the life and annuity department.He retains the senior vice president rank he has held since 1998, and reports to Fred Sievert, vice chairman of the company.

Mr. Mathas came to New York Life in 1995, as a corporate vice president in the asset management department, from the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton.

In 1996 he became the president and chief operating officer of the insurer's Eagle Strategies Corp., an investment-advisory subsidiary. And in 1997 he also became the president of NYLife Securities Inc., its retail broker-dealer. He held those posts simultaneously until taking the agency department job in 1999.

SOUTHEASTComerica Private Bank has named Patricia J. Maczko as manager of its Florida private lending group and promoted her from vice president to first vice president.

Ms. Maczko was the alternate manager of the group. She started her lending career 13 years ago in Detroit at Comerica Inc.

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