After months of declining profits and three quarters of disappointing earnings, Huntington Bancshares has called on an outsider, Thomas E. Hoaglin, to turn the company around.

Mr. Hoaglin, 51, was named Thursday to succeed Frank Wobst as chief executive officer of the Columbus, Ohio, banking company. He will assume the job in mid-February. Mr. Wobst, 67, will remain as chairman.

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