NEW ORLEANS - Whitney National Bank has appointed Rodney D. Chard as senior vice president of operations and technology.

Mr. Chard will be responsible for managing bank operations, data systems, and information technology.

The appointment is part of Whitney National's long-term commitment to systems development.

"The Whitney will continue to make major investments in new data processing systems and technology to deliver customer service and sophisticated information management," said R. King Milling, the bank's president. "We are pleased to have someone with Mr. Chard's extensive experience and international perspective to lead this effort."

Most recently, Mr. Chard was a consultant for EDS Management Consulting Services, where he worked with major Canadian banks.

Previously, he managed retail operations for the Toronto-based Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Whitney National, the lead bank of $3 billion-asset Whitney Holding Corp., has branches in Louisiana, Mobile, Ala., and the Cayman Islands.

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