Fleet Financial Group Inc., Boston, named Dean T. Holt as chairman of Fleet Bank Rhode Island, Providence.

He remains president and chief executive officer, jobs he has held since 1995.

Mr. Holt joined what was then Fleet Bank in Providence in 1977 as a vice president in its commercial banking division. In 1990 he was named senior executive vice president and chief credit officer of Fleet Bank of New Hampshire, whose chairman he became in 1992.

In 1994 he returned to Rhode Island as Fleet Financial Group's director of corporate risk management.

The Boston holding company also hired Ana C. Dyer as its regional president for greater New Bedford and greater Fall River. She will be responsible for commercial lending and private client services in southeastern Massachusetts.

Ms. Dyer had been a vice president of small-business lending for BankBoston Corp. since 1993. Before that she was a commercial loan officer at Shawmut Bank in New Bedford, Mass. Still earlier she was a credit analyst at Fleet National in Providence.

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