FirstMerit Corp., a $5.6 billion-asset bank holding company based in Akron, Ohio, said that Phillip E. Becker, president and chief executive officer of its subsidiary Peoples National Bank, Wooster, and executive vice president of the holding company, has retired to pursue other interests.

Mr. Becker retired after a 22-year banking career, including 15 years with FirstMerit banks.

He joined First National Bank in Massillon (now FirstMerit Citizens National Bank) in 1981 and held the posts of vice president and senior loan officer, senior vice president, and executive vice president. He was named president and CEO in 1991. In 1994, he was named president and CEO of Peoples Federal Savings Bank.

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