Provident Financial Group, Cincinnati, hired Duane A. Dewey to be senior vice president and managing director of the private banking department and recruited two other executives to be vice presidents.

Mr. Dewey, who is also responsible for managing trust and estate planning, had been a senior vice president in the private-client group at NationsBank Corp. in McLean, Va.

Barry A. Peterson was hired to be vice president of business credit, and John A. Wenstrup has joined as vice president of Provident Securities and Investment Inc.

Mr. Peterson is responsible for developing Provident's national asset- based lending practice. He was vice president of sales and marketing at American Louver Co.

Mr. Wenstrup is responsible for developing a network of insurance providers and promoting insurance sales to small-business and affluent customers. He was a general agent and owner of Wenstrup Co., a life insurance agency in Cincinnati.

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