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Washington Trust Co. of Westerly in Rhode Island has named senior vice president Joseph E. LaPlume as head of business services.

Mr. LaPlume was the regional manager in charge of retail banking and commercial lending at the bank's Sweet Meadows, Wakefield, Bonnet Shores, Charlestown, and Richmond branches. Before that he had been the president and chief executive officer of Pierbank in Narragansett.

He has 26 years of banking experience.

Washington Trust Co., a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp in Westerly, has $1.2 billion of assets.

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Manufacturers Bank in Los Angeles has elected Takashi Fujishima, an executive of the parent Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. of Tokyo, as its own chairman and CEO.

He succeeded Hidekazu Akimoto, who had been chairman of the $1.2 billion-asset California bank for three years.

Mr. Fujishima, 55, has worked for Sumitomo Mitsui for 31 years. (The company was named Sakura Bank Ltd. until last month, when it merged with Sumitomo Bank of Osaka.) Most recently he was its executive vice president of international and corporate banking.

Before that he had been the head of its Americas division for two years. Still earlier he had been the deputy general manager of the corporate human resources division and head of the investment banking division in London.

Another Sumitomo Mitsui executive, Ryoji Iwanaga, was elected Manufacturers' vice chairman. Mr. Iwanaga, 50, has worked for the company for 27 years. For the last two he has been the general manager of its private banking division.

Before that he had worked for seven years at Manufacturers, rising to executive vice president. Still earlier he had been an assistant general manager in Tokyo at Sakura Bank.


Bay View Capital Corp. in San Mateo, Calif., has named executive vice president Carolyn Williams-Goldman as general counsel, succeeding Douglas Wallis, who retired.She was also named corporate secretary of the $5.2 billion-asset company, which owns Bay View Bank.

Ms. Williams-Goldman retains her responsibilities for human resources, marketing, facilities and lease management, and internal communications, but her title in that role has changed to chief administration officer from director of administration.

Earlier she had been the director of human resources (as a senior vice president) and an associate counsel (as an assistant vice president).

Before joining Bay View in 1994 she was a vice president and a counsel at the former First Nationwide Bank (now Granite Bank) of San Francisco. Still earlier she was an associate counsel in the business law and banking practice groups at the New York law firm of Winthrop, Stinson, Putnam & Roberts and a money market trader in Los Angeles for Mitsubishi Bank Ltd., now Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ltd.

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