Richard J. Ranelli has joined Summit Bank, Chatham, N.J., as group executive vice president and chief information officer.

He will have responsibility for administering and coordinating information services, operations, purchasing, and credit administration activities for Summit Bank, the commercial banking subsidiary of Summit Bancorp. Mr. Ranelli also will serve as a member of the bank's management executive committee.

Mr. Ranelli was formerly senior vice president and business line manager of information systems technology at Shawmut National Corp.

Summit Bank also has named Jeffrey A. Wichman vice president and manger of the retail sales division. He will manage the lending program which makes commercial loans up to $100,000 in all markets covered by the bank.

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