Citigroup's Salomon Smith Barney said Friday it had hired four executives from Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown's private finance group.

Loren Boston has joined as a managing director and head of Salomon's New York-based private equity fund group. Neil Banta rejoined Salomon, which he left in 1993, as a director. Tina Courpas is now vice president, and Carolyn Choi a financial analyst.

In addition to these four hirings, Salomon brought in Josh Lerner and Paul Gompers, both of Harvard Business School, to work with the private equity group.

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