FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Barry J. Fitzpatrick has a tough act to follow.

As chairman and CEO-designate of First Virginia Banks Inc., Mr. Fitzpatrick must deliver the same consistent earnings performance, year in and year out, that has characterized the nine-year reign of his predecessor, Robert H. Zalokar. Mr. Zalokar, 66, announced in September that at yearend he would hand over both top titles to Mr. Fitzpatrick, who is 54.

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