Allfirst Financial Inc. in Baltimore has promoted Susan C. Keating to chief executive officer of the holding company and its Allfirst Bank.

She succeeds Frank P. Bramble, Allfirst's chairman, whose responsibilities as chief executive of Allied Irish Banks USA and a director of Allied Irish Banks PLC have expanded. Allied Irish is the parent of Allfirst Financial.

Ms. Keating was named president and chief operating officer of First Maryland Bancorp and its First National Bank of Maryland in January after the integration of Dauphin Deposit Bank, where she had been president and chief executive officer. First Maryland Bancorp was bought by Allfirst Financial in September, and Ms. Keating was named president of Allfirst Financial and its Allfirst Bank. She will remain president of both.

Earlier she was president and senior Maryland banking executive at the former NationsBank Corp.

She began her banking career in 1974 as a trainee at the former First Bank System Inc. in Milwaukee.

Allfirst Financial has $18 billion of assets.

- Megan J. Ptacek

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