A recent visit to First Union Corp. headquarters, beginning with an early-morning flight down from Philadelphia, was typical of the whirlwind that post-merger life has become for P. Sue Perrotty.

Ms. Perrotty, formerly of CoreStates Financial Corp., went from a community relations task in the morning-videotaping a message encouraging employees to volunteer their time to schools-to a series of media interviews about the acquisition of CoreStates, which was completed in April. Next came a series of top-level strategic planning sessions that would stretch into the next day and include chairman Edward E. Crutchfield.

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