Dove Associates has hired former NationsBank executive Charles Hieronymi to lead its financial services group.

As managing director of the Boston consulting firm, Mr. Hieronymi, 38, will work from a newly established office in Charlotte, N.C.

"Having identified electronic commerce areas that are targets for expansion, we need someone with the energy to give this thing some leadership," said David Dove, president of the firm, which is active in various aspects of electronic banking and payment systems.

"Chuck is the guy to provide us with just the right formula to grow the practice significantly," Mr. Dove said.

"We will broaden our growing capabilities in interactive financial services, electronic commerce, and emerging payments systems," Mr. Hieronymi said of his goals at Dove Associates.

As senior vice president in the interactive banking area at NationsBank, Mr. Hieronymi had played a key role in the acquisition of and participation in Meca Software. He also participated in the Banking Industry Technology Secretariat's working group that brought two conflicting technical standards-Open Financial Exchange and Gold-into compatibility.

Of Dove Associates' more than $15 million in annual revenue, 35% comes from the financial industry. Aside from electronic banking strategies, the company has a Distribution Management System that helps banks analyze the size and profitability of branches.

Other Dove consulting practices are in the cable and beverage industries, management transitions, and curriculum design.

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