Merger-bound First Fidelity Bancorp, Lawrenceville, N.J., has put its New York and Connecticut activities under a single management team led by Thomas H. O'Brien Jr.
Mr. O'Brien, an executive vice president of the parent corporation, will remain president and chief operating officer of Connecticut-chartered First Fidelity Bank, Stamford, which has 65 offices.
He will also serve as First Fidelity president for New York. The 63 New York branches are part of First Fidelity Bank N.A., Elkton, Md., a unit with more than 600 branches overall in those states, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
First Union Corp. of Charlotte, N.C., announced last month that it would buy First Fidelity Bancorp, which also owns First Fidelity Bank Delaware in Wilmington. The merger, planned for this year, would create the country's sixth-largest banking company.