Gateway American Bank of Florida, in Fort Lauderdale, has hired John P. O'Neill as president and CEO, succeeding John J. Lyons.

Mr. Lyons, in turn, will succeed Harvey E. Deutch as CEO of the parent Gateway American Properties Corp. Mr. Deutch will remain its chairman and president.

Mr. O'Neill was president and CEO of SouthTrust Bank Southeast of West Palm Beach, Fla., a unit of SouthTrust Corp. of Birmingham, Ala. Earlier he was president and a director of BankAtlantic in Fort Lauderdale.

Gateway American Bank has $84 million of assets.

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