Fleet National Bank in Albany, N.Y., a unit of Fleet Financial Group, Boston, promoted president Hermes L. Ames to chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1.

He is to succeed Erland E. Kailbourne, 56, who is also the bank's chairman; Mr. Kailbourne is to retire from both posts at yearend. The bank said it would not name a new chairman because Fleet Financial has merged its subsidiaries under Fleet National Bank.

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