Chris M. Bauer, executive vice president in charge of commercial banking for Firstar Corp., became the latest Firstar executive to announce his departure in the wake of the Firstar/Star Banc Corp. merger.

Mr. Bauer, 50, will resign Jan. 31, after 29 years with Firstar, the company confirmed. Mr. Bauer had been senior executive vice president in charge of retail banking at Firstar before the deal with Star Banc closed last month. His departure means eight of the top 13 Firstar executives have left or announced they are leaving. Mr. Bauer, who has not announced his plans, was unavailable for comment.

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