Huntington Bancshares may be a regional player with assets of $21 billion, but its direct banking strategy is up there with the largest institutions. Proving his mettle, Huntington vice chairman Peter Geier has restructured Huntington National Bank to create a "seventh region." This region is not made up of a geographic district but, rather, the bank's electronic frontier. Heading up the seventh region is svp and managing director William M. Randle, who will oversee Huntington Direct telephone call center, The Huntington Web Bank, smart card services and all new electronic services. ... City National Bank, of Beverly Hills, CA, didn't have to look far for its new CIO. John J. Beale, a consultant contracted by the bank, was playing the part since CNB brought in Cast Management Consultants to develop a multi-year technology plan almost a year ago. Beale was responsible for Cast's IT practice, and prior to that, he was a senior manager in Price Waterhouse's financial systems practice. ...Industrywide Mortgage Exchange, Inc. has appointed a new president and CEO, Mark L. Korell, to further the company's development of electronic commerce systems between home mortgage originators and investors. And, former president and CEO of Visa International, Charles T. Russell, has been elected to CyberCash's Board of Directors.

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