Imperial Bank, Los Angeles, has hired Edmund G. Zito, Wells Fargo & Co.'s top Arizona executive, to lead its own new operation in that state.

Mr. Zito will remain in Phoenix and hold the title of president.

He was a senior vice president at Wells and manager of its Arizona commercial banking group - jobs he got in June, after Wells bought First Interstate Bancorp. He had been senior vice president of commercial banking at First Interstate Bank of Arizona.

Before joining First Interstate in 1981, Mr. Zito had worked for the Office of the Comptroller of Currency since 1970.

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