Sovereign Bancorp, Wyomissing, Pa., has appointed Dennis S. Marlo as president of the retail banking division of its Sovereign Bank.

Mr. Marlo was president and chief executive officer of Main Line Bank and its parent ML Bancorp, which Sovereign bought in February.

At Sovereign he will be in charge of sales and retail banking activities at all of the bank's 68 branches in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware.

Mr. Marlo was also elected a Sovereign Bank director and a member of its executive strategy and policy committee.

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