PNC Bank Corp. in Pittsburgh has promoted William H. Turner, a former vice chairman and director of Chemical Banking Corp., to chairman of PNC Bank's New Jersey region, a newly created post.

Mr. Turner had been president of the region since joining the company in 1997.

He will also be in charge of PNC Advisors' offices in New York, in Greenwich, Conn., and in Naples, Fla.,

Mr. Turner joined Chemical in 1962. He left in 1996, after it merged with the old Chase Manhattan Corp. and took its name.

He then worked for a year as president and co-chief executive officer at Franklin Electronic Publishers Inc., of which he remains a director.

Peter K. Classen succeeded Mr. Turner as president of PNC Bank's New Jersey region. He remains president of the northeast Pennsylvania region as well.

Mr. Classen joined PNC in 1985 as a vice president and head of the branch system in Philadelphia. He was promoted to senior vice president and senior lending officer for the northeast Pennsylvania region in 1990 and its president in 1995.

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