Fleet Financial Group, Boston, has promoted Gary P. Kearns to executive vice president of its large-corporate group.

Mr. Kearns was a senior vice president and team leader responsible for large corporate operations in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. His new assignment extends those responsibilities nationwide.

Fleet bought his former employer, Shawmut National Corp., in 1995; Mr. Kearns was a senior vice president in Shawmut's national banking group. Earlier he held corporate lending posts with Mellon Bank, Chemical Bank, and Irving Trust Co.

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