Shawmut NationalCorp., Boston, said Bharat Bhatt, formerly chief financial officer, has assumed new responsibilities for strategic development, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and investor relations.

He also will act as chairman of the c6rporation's asset and liability committee.

Mr. Bhatt remains an executive vice president, reporting to Joel B. Alvord, chairman and chief executive officer.

To succeed Mr. Bhatt as chief financial officer the bank named Susan Lester, who had been executive vice president and corporate controller at First Bank System Inc. in Minneapolis. She will be an executive vice president at Shawmut.

Ms. Lester will oversee financial planning, budgeting, accounting, tax, financial analysis, and pricing allocation processes. as well as internal audit and risk management and insurance.

-- Franklin Smith


FMS GROUP, Blue Bell, Pa., said William H. Haines 4th has joined the financial services sales and marketing consulting firm as a managing director.'

He will work with investment management organizations and bank trust departments to plan.

He was senior vice president with the Selbst Group, an international sales and marketing consulting organization, where he provided sales and sales management consulting to the financial services industry.

NATIONAL WestminsterBancorp, Jersey City, named three assistant vice presidents. They are:

* Joanne Coogan, operations/compliance manager in the community banking group.

* June Hembling, a relationship manager in the special loans division.

* Penni L. Berns, a business analyst in the small-business marketing department.


AMERICAN NATIONAL Bank and Trust Co., Chattanooga, Tenn., said. Carolyn D. Beene, senior vice president, has been named manager of the trust and investment services new business department.

John G. Roark has been named senior vice president and manager of the personal trust department.

Mr. Roark has 10 years of management experience in the personal trust field.

American National Bank is an affiliate of Third National Corp., a subsidiary of SunTrust Banks Inc.

CRESTAR FINANCIALCorp., Richmond, Va., has elected Bonnie Guiton Hill to its board of directors.

Ms. Hill is dean of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.


HIBERNIA NATIONAL Bank, New Orleans, said Kent Eastman has joined the bank as vice president and regional credit officer.

Mr. Eastman is responsible for credit analysis, loan approval, and portfolio administration for Hibernia's operations in north Louisiana, including the Monroe and Shreveport regions, two of Hibernia's six Louisiana markets.

He was in commercial lending with Central Bank in Monroe.


HELLER FIRST Capital Corp., San Francisco, a subsidiary of Heller Financial Inc., Chicago, has added Bruce Hursh, Peter M. O'Hern, and Karen S. Trees as business development officers at its Dallas office and J. Kyle Spears as business development officer at its office in Austin, Tex.

In addition, Mike Ramsay, also a business development officer, will head the new Fort Worth office.

Heller First Capital is a lending company specializing in Small Business Administration guaranteed loan programs.

CITY NATIONAL BANK, Los Angeles, said Richard H. Sheehan Jr., former assistant general counsel at Bank of America, has been named senior vice president and general counsel for City National Bank and secretary of City National Corp., the bank's holding company.

Charles D. Kenny, executive vice president, who had been serving as City National's chief counsel, was recently appointed to manage the bank's newly combined trust and investment services division.

City National Bank is headquartered in Beverly Hills.

COAST FEDERALBANK, Los Angeles, said Joan Milke Flores, former three-term member of the Los Angeles City Council, has been elected to the bank's board of directors.

Ms. Flores is president of Joan Milke Flores Group Inc., a government and public affairs consulting firm.

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