PALO ALTO, Calif. - Another California community bank company has tapped Wells Fargo & Co. to fill a key executive position.

Greater Bay Bancorp announced Monday that it had hired Byron A. Scordelis to be its chief operating officer, a newly created position.

Mr. Scordelis, currently president of Wells' $17 billion-asset San Francisco Bay Area region, will start at $5.3 billion-asset Greater Bay on May 15.

The announcement comes just weeks after Anat Bird, the former president of Wells' Northern California division, took over as president and chief executive officer at $1.2 billion-asset California Community Bancshares in San Francisco. On Monday, Ms. Bird also became president and CEO of the company's largest subsidiary, $670 million-asset Placer Sierra Bank in Auburn, Calif.

Mr. Scordelis joined Wells in 1998 as an executive vice president in charge of banking activities in seven western states.

The 27-year banking veteran will also become president of Greater Bay's banking group, comprising the company's 10 bank subsidiaries in the San Francisco Bay region.

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