The decision by First of America Bank Corp. to exit Florida is another example of how chairman and chief executive officer Richard F. Chormann is changing the focus of the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based banking company.

Long considered a takeover candidate, $21.6 billion-asset First of America has been restructuring over the past two years. It has sold nearly 30 branches in Michigan and Illinois, and cut 1,000 jobs, or 7% of its work force. It has also reorganized along four lines of business: retail, commercial, trust, and consumer finance.

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