Fleet Mortgage Group in Columbia, S.C., has named Carolyn Hart, its senior credit officer, to its executive management committee.

The committee is developing strategic goals and objectives for the FleetBoston Financial Corp. unit.

Ms. Hart came to the group two years ago from BancBoston Mortgage Corp. of Jacksonville, Fla., where she was director of underwriting.

Boston-based Fleet Financial Group bought the parent BankBoston Corp. last fall, creating FleetBoston.

Ms. Hart has 20 years of mortgage banking experience. She is a senior vice president at Fleet Mortgage, as she was at BancBoston Mortgage.


Commercial Federal Bank in Omaha has promoted Suzanne E. Kirk, its manager of operations and planning, to director of deposit services.She was also promoted from vice president to first vice president of the $13.1 billion-asset bank.

Ms. Kirk first joined the Commercial Federal Corp. subsidiary in 1985 and worked there five years as manager of reconcilement accounting. She left to become director of finance for Creighton Preparatory School in Creighton, Neb., but returned in 1996 .

Commercial Federal also promoted Jayne Altic to assistant manager of its branch in Ottwa, Kan. Ms. Altic was a retail banker there for 10 years.

LaSalle Bank in Chicago has promoted Michael D. Sharkey from group senior vice president to executive vice president.He remains president and chief executive officer of LaSalle Business Credit Inc., an asset-based lending subsidiary.

Mr. Sharkey came to LaSalle, in 1993, when it bought StanChart Business Credit Inc., a unit of Standard Chartered Bank of London. He had joined StanChart in 1984 and had become its president in 1988.

He had come to StanChart from Manufacturers Hanover Commercial Corp. in Chicago, where he was a senior loan officer for. He began his career in 1978 at GE Capital's Chicago office.

LaSalle, which has $30 billion of assets, is owned by Netherlands-based ABN Amro.


CIBC World Markets in New York has hired Jacques Cornet for its high-yield group as executive director for a new field of coverage - the gaming and lodging, food and beverage, and consumer products industries.The coverage is being added because of widespread issuance in these industries in the past 18 months, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce unit said.

Mr. Cornet was a director at Gleacher & Co. in New York. He is to report to managing director Edward P. Mally, who director of global high-yield research.

CIBC World Markets offers public and private high-yield debt financing, credit facilities, and mergers and acquisitions and restructuring advice.

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