SAN FRANCISCO - Charles Schwab & Co. has hired a high-profile electronic banking executive from Chase Manhattan Corp., New York.

Mark Burns, formerly vice president for on-line services at Chase, took over as vice president for desktop software at Schwab in early November.

Mr. Burns will oversee the development of PC-based offerings for the financial service company's brokerage division.

He had no comment on the move.

At Chase, Mr. Burns led the effort to offer services via personal computer. Chase was one of the first banks to partner with Microsoft Corp., and later Intuit Inc., to offer account access through the companies' personal finance software packages, known as Money and Quicken.

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