WASHINGTON - BITS, the technology arm of the Financial Services Roundtable, said Thursday that it had added six new directors in response to increasing interest in e-commerce and technology among financial institutions.

The new directors are: Jerry A. Grundhofer, president and chief executive officer of Firstar Corp.; Denis J. O'Leary, executive vice president of Chase Manhattan Corp. and CEO of Chase.com; Thomas A. Renyi, chairman and CEO of Bank of New York Co.; Edward B. Rust Jr., chairman and CEO of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.; Rudy E. Schupp, chairman and CEO of Republic Security Bank; and G. Kennedy Thompson, president and CEO of First Union Corp.

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