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SHAWMUT NATIONAL CORPORATION NAMES JOHN R. BERGER TO NEW M&A POST

 HARTFORD, Conn., and BOSTON, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Shawmut National Corporation (NYSE: SNC) today announced the appointment of John R. Berger as director of mergers and acquisitions, a new position that will focus on a strategic opportunities for growth including alliances and asset purchases as well as consolidation opportunities.
 Berger, 49, is an executive vice president and has been with the corporation 20 years, most recently as head of bank investments and funds management. He will report to Bharat Bhatt, the chief financial officer.
 Joel B. Alvord, chairman and chief executive officer, said, "Over the past few years, John played an important role in the efforts to rebuild Shawmut's balance sheet. With that process largely complete, Shawmut is concentrating its energies on revenue enhancement, cost reduction, and mergers and acquisitions. The assignment of executives of the caliber of John and Bharat to this task reflects the importance that mergers and acquisitions play in Shawmut's strategic plan."
 Prior to running investments and funds management, Berger managed the corporation's data processing division. He joined the corporation in 1973 in the investments area. He holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and an undergraduate degree from New York University.
 Thomas D. Wren, 41, will assume Berger's duties as head of bank investments and funds management, reporting to Alvord. Wren, who is executive vice president and director of compliance, will continue to act as liaison with various regulatory agencies during a transition period.
 Shawmut National Corporation is a banking company with $25 billion in assets and maintains dual headquarters in Hartford and Boston. The corporation serves consumers, businesses and institutional customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island through a network of 300 branches.
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 /CONTACT: Robert L. Guenther, 203-240-1267 (media), or Thomas R. Rice, 203-728-4872 (investor), both of Shawmut National Corporation/
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