The Federal Reserve Bank of New York named banker Jamie B. Stewart Jr. on Tuesday as first vice president, its No. 2 official. Mr. Stewart, 54, will join the New York Fed on Feb. 1, succeeding Ernest T. Patrikis, who resigned in July to take a high-ranking post with American International Group Inc.

Mr. Stewart resigned Jan. 4 from Mellon Bank Corp., Pittsburgh, where as vice chairman he was responsible for wholesale banking and cash management.

He started at Mellon Bank in 1988 as executive vice president in the corporate finance group.

"Jamie Stewart has a distinguished 27-year career in banking," said New York Fed President William J. McDonough. "He brings us senior managerial experience and strong knowledge of banking operations."

Before joining Mellon, Mr. Stewart worked as a senior vice president of the Bank of America, and before that as executive vice president of Crocker National Bank in San Francisco.

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