SAN FRANCISO - Pacific Century Financial Corp., which said last week that its earnings would be hit by increased credit provisions for bad loans, will have a new chief credit officer by yearend.

Robert Paris, who currently holds that position, has told executives that he will retire. The company is searching "internally and externally" for a successor, said Richard J. Dahl, president of the Honolulu holding company for Bank of Hawaii, the state's largest bank.

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