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First Chicago NBD Corp. has hired Gerald E. Buldak as senior vice president and head of public affairs.

Mr. Buldak oversees internal and external communications throughout the bank.

He was a vice president of corporate relations at Allstate insurance, after Sears, Roebuck and Co. spun it off as an independent company last year. Before that, Mr. Buldak was vice president of corporate public affairs at Sears.

Prior to joining Sears, he had been a manager of public affairs at Detroit Edison Co., and before that a vice president of public affairs at Continental Bank of Chicago.

In addition, the company is transferring J. Richard Johnson from Detroit to Chicago, to become the head of public and media relations for the bank. Mr. Johnson reports to Mr. Buldak.

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