Kicking off what its executives say will be a hiring spree in its private bank, Bankers Trust New York Corp. last week named a new head of its Florida operation.

J. Patterson Cooper will take over as president of Bankers Trust Florida on Sept. 9. The former chief executive of Chemical Bank of Florida, Mr. Cooper will head Bankers Trust's private banking business in the Southeast, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, from an office in Palm Beach.

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