Inc., Chicago, has named Lauralee E. Martin as chief financial officer.

Ms. Martin, who was a senior manager for 10 years, succeeds Richard J. Almeida, who became Heller Financial's chairman and chief executive officer in 1995.

Ms. Martin joined Heller Financial in 1986 to refocus the firm's real estate business. She became president of Heller Real Estate Financial Services in 1990, and was named senior group president in 1993.

Heller Financial Inc. is a worldwide commercial financial services organization owned by Fuji Bank.

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