Rode to Leave Ameritrust After Society Merger

CLEVELAND - Ameritrust Corp. said James D. Rode, president and chief operating officer, will resign when Ameritrust completes its merger with Society Corp. next year.

Mr. Rode will also step down from the Ameritrust board. He said he will "pursue other professional interests."

Mr. Rode, 43, joined Ameritrust as a trainee in 1969. By 1980 he was an executive vice president; he was named president in 1983.

He held the No. 2 post through a period of poor earnings and a top-management change that led to the merger.

Mr. Rode is a past chairman of the Consumer Bankers Association and a trustee of Case Western Reserve University.

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