First Union Corp., Charlotte, N.C., has named Alice L. Lehman director of corporate communications.

She succeeds Barbara K. Massa, who resigned from First Union effective June 30. Ms. Massa plans to open a public relations consulting firm.

Ms. Lehman has been managing director of the bank's loan syndication group. She will direct the bank's public relations and investor relations efforts and oversee First Union's community reinvestment program.

She came to First Union in 1985 when it bought Northwestern Bank in North Carolina, where she had been a commercial loan platform manager. In 1990 she became a senior credit officer for First Union's corporate banking group.

Before joining Northwestern, Ms. Lehman managed a loan production office for Bank of America in New York, where she began her banking career in 1978.

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