FirstMerit Corp., Akron, Ohio, hired Albert Barnabei, Phillip S. Lancaster, and David Simko as vice presidents.

Mr. Barnabei, a trust officer, had been a vice president in the employee benefits department at Key Trust Co. Mr. Lancaster is a community banking manager for FirstMerit's Cleveland region; he was a sales manager at KeyBank. Mr. Simko, a private banking officer in Cleveland, had been an assistant vice president in the private banking department at KeyBank.

FirstMerit also promoted community banking managers Wendy Bolas and Vicki Rufener to vice president. Ms. Bolas joined the bank in 1985 as a teller. Ms. Rufener joined the bank in 1994 as a reserve manager.

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