South Shore Community Bank and Trust Co. of Braintree, Mass., has hired James R. Barbieri as president and senior loan officer.

The bank, which is expected to open in the first quarter, said Mr. Barbieri will help CEO Don Olson attract investors.

Mr. Barbieri was a senior vice president in the commercial banking division of U.S. Trust, Boston, and held a similar post with Bank of Braintree, which it bought this year.

Earlier he was a vice president and a corporate banking division head with Shawmut Bank in Brockton, Mass.

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