The ascension of Kenneth D. Lewis to the No. 2 post at NationsBank Corp. is seen by analysts as an affirmation of the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank's emphasis on expense controls.

Mr. Lewis, 46, who was appointed president last Thursday, had been considered the heir apparent to chairman and chief executive Hugh L. McColl Jr., 58.

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