Magna Group Inc., St. Louis, has appointed Thomas O. Coles community president for a newly established 13-community region, pending acquisition of River Bend Bancshares, the holding company for Illinois State Bank and Trust in East Alton.

Mr. Coles has worked at Illinois State Bank for eight years.

Virginia L. Chamberlain will remain senior vice president and will coordinate a program for customers 55 and older. In addition, she will oversee marketing activities for the region.

Leslie G. Bramley, vice president-data processing, will continue with the Magna organization, coordinating Illinois State Bank's data conversion into the Magna system.

John J. Keller, former assistant vice president, Illinois State Bank, will become vice president-commercial lending for the River Bend region.

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