With technology and telecom companies threatening to encroach on the bank messaging market at every turn, it's no wonder that CEO Leonard Shrank has brought a new head of strategy and business development to the Society of Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (S.W.I.F.T.). Formerly the director of national trade and banking services for National Westminster Bank, Charles Bryant takes his new post this month. His responsibilities include shoring up S.W.I.F.T.'s bank customer relationships. ... As part of Mellon Bank Corp.'s IT restructuring, the bank has formed a software engineering group to integrate business line objectives with IT systems execution and, consequently, improve product functionality and time-to-market. Heading up this department is svp Kevin Shearan, yet another tech defector from Citibank. Shearan was Citi's director of technology for worldwide securities services. ... Signaling the importance of electronic services at KeyBank, Patrick J. Swanick has been named vice chairman of electronic commerce and appointed to Key's senior management team. Swanick will direct the bank's rollout of national PC- and Internet-based banking services. ... Stepping aside from his post as president of Mondex USA Originator, James Rudd, has become CTO of Mondex USA. His replacement and the new general counsel of Mondex USA is Henry M. Polmer.

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