People's Bank, Bridgeport, Conn., has hired Jean M. LaVecchia as executive vice president of corporate services, a newly created post.

She will assume the job Jan. 1 and be responsible for directing the bank's strategic planning as well as its human resources, communications, marketing, and audit departments.

Ms. LaVecchia, a director of the bank since 1992, is now senior vice president of organizational development at Southern New England Telecommunications Corp. in New Haven.

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