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FLEET BANK OF MASSACHUSETTS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS TO BOARD

 BOSTON, Nov. 25 ~PRNewswire~ -- Leo R. Breitman, chairman and chief executive officer of Fleet Bank of Massachusetts, N.A., today announced the selection of the first outside member of the bank's board of directors.
 Joining Breitman, John P. Hamill, president and H. Jay Sarles, executive vice president, Fleet Financial Group, the new directors include: John A. Curry, president, Northeastern University; George R. Ditomassi, chairman, Milton Bradley Company; Marian L. Heard, president and CEO, United Way of Massachusetts Bay; Anna Faith Jones, president, The Boston Foundation; Dr. H. Richard Nesson, president and CEO, Brigham and Women's Hospital; and Robert A. Shafto, president and CEO, The New England.
 "These highly respected and accomplished men and women are from some of the finest and most prestigious institutions in the Commonwealth. Each of them brings a distinct background and viewpoint, and an outstanding history of dedication and service to our communities," said Breitman. "We look forward to their insight and to the many contributions they will make to our organization."
 Additional board members will be named in the coming year. John A. Curry was appointed president of Northeastern University in July 1989 following a 24-year career at the school. Most recently he served as executive vice president (1984-1989) and senior vice president for administration (1984-1989). He leads an institution that consists of more than 49,000 students, with over 4,000 faculty and staff and a budget of over $250 million. Curry is chairman of the Commission on Campus Concerns of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and chairman of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts. He is a trustee of six different Boston institutions and was recently awarded the prestigious Hecht-Shaw award for community service by the Lena Park Community Development Corporation.
 In addition to serving as chairman of Milton Bradley Company, George R. Ditomassi, Jr., is chief operating officer, Games and International, Hasbro, Inc., Milton Bradley's parent company. He also serves on the board of directors of Hasbro. Prior to becoming chairman in 1990, he was president of Milton Bradley (1985-1990) and group vice president of Hasbro (1984-1990). Ditomassi is a trustee of the Bay State Medical Center, serves on the board of directors of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the advisory committee of the Toy Manufacturers of America, and is chairman of the WestMass Ad Hoc Committee.
 Marian L. Heard has served as president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay since February 1992. This fundraising organization has a 66-member board and 205 affiliated agencies. From 1989 through 1992 she was president and CEO of United Way of Eastern Fairfield County in Bridgeport, Conn. During that time she also served as interim president and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation, where she remains a board member. Heard is the recipient of numerous awards for community service, including the Woman of Achievement Award, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston; the first recipient of the United Way of America John H. Garber, Jr. Minority Development Award; and the first female recipient of the "Golden Tee" Award presented by the Cardinal Shehan Center for Community Leadership for leadership and dedication to youth.
 Anna Faith Jones was appointed president of the Boston Foundation in January 1985, becoming the first African-American woman in the United States to head a major community foundation. Jones oversees an endowment of over $260 million and annual distributions of over $18 million to a broad spectrum of nonprofit charitable groups providing health, educational, housing, elderly, youth, civic and cultural programs and services throughout Greater Boston. Under her leadership, the Foundation launched the "Poverty Impact Program," a five-year, $10 million initiative designed to encourage new interventions to break the cycle of poverty.
 H. Richard Nesson, M.D., has served as president and chief executive officer of Brigham and Women's Hospital since 1982. He joined the hospital in 1976 as director of ambulatory services and was named vice president of ambulatory and community health services in 1979. Nesson has a long record of innovations in health care management, having been an originator and the first medical director of the Harvard Community Health Plan. He served as a director of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and as chairman of the Harvard Medical Center Aids Committee. He currently serves as treasurer of the executive committee of the Massachusetts Hospital Association.
 Since January 1992, Robert A. Shafto has served as president and CEO of The New England, the 17th-largest U.S. life insurance company and one of the nation's top insurance-based money managers with over $50 billion in individual policy holder and investor assets under management. Shafto joined The New England in 1972 as second vice president for computer systems development and information services. In 1989, he was elected president and chief operating officer. He is active in a number of organizations including the Life Office Management Association where he is a member of the board of directors, is on the board of trustees for the American College, and is a member of the IBM Insurance Industries Customer Advisory Council. He is also on the board of overseers for the Children's Hospital in Boston, a member of the board of directors of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and a member of the corporation, Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
 Fleet Bank of Massachusetts operates more than 140 banking offices and has assets in excess of $7 billion and deposits of $5.9 billion. Fleet Bank of Massachusetts is a subsidiary of Fleet Financial Group, a $45 billion diversified financial services company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: FLT). Fleet Financial Group has approximately 1,300 offices nationwide. Its lines of business include commercial and consumer banking, mortgage banking, consumer finance, asset-based lending, investment management, and student loan processing.
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 ~CONTACT: Donna B. Levy, Fleet Bank of Massachusetts manager, corporate communications, 617-573-7346, or Meg Pier, 617-573-7733~
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