BankUnited Financial Corp., a fast-growing thrift based in Coral Gables, Fla., has hired an executive from the state's biggest bank to run its operations.

Medhi Ghomeshi, 41, is South Florida president of NationsBank, a unit of BankAmerica Corp. that still operates under that name. He will take over as BankUnited's president and chief operating officer Dec. 1.

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