From his perch atop the 37th floor of Fleet Financial Group's Boston headquarters, Brian T. Moynihan scours the nation searching for companies his bank might like to buy.

Mr. Moynihan, 40, is senior vice president in charge of corporate strategy and development for Fleet, one of the nation's most acquisition- minded banks. That means he brings merger ideas to the top brass and board of the $87 billion-asset company, and he often actively takes part in negotiating deals.

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