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WILLIAMS-SONOMA PRESIDENT TO JOIN FIRST TRUST AS HEAD OF PERSONAL TRUST

 MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- First Bank System, Inc. (NYSE: FBS) today announced that Kent C. Larson, president and chief operating officer of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., San Francisco, would become executive vice president of the personal trust business of its St. Paul- based subsidiary, First Trust National Association, effective Feb. 8.
 First Trust chairman and chief investment officer John M. Murphy, Jr., said, "Kent brings many years of experience and proven leadership capabilities to First Trust. We are fortunate to have him join us and we look forward to having the benefit of his vision and marketing skills."
 Larson, 53, joined Williams-Sonoma as president and chief operating officer in 1988 and also was responsible for the operations of the Pottery Barn, Hold Everything and five mail-order businesses. Prior to joining Williams-Sonoma, Larson was president of the U.S. foods division of The Pillsbury Company in Minneapolis.
 Larson said, "The opportunity to join First Trust and First Bank System at this time is an exciting one for me. Financial services is a growth business and this is an aggressive organization with excellent leadership and a strong future."
 Larson joined the refrigerated foods division of The Pillsbury Company in 1965 where he held various marketing positions. In 1972, he was named director of operations for European Flower Markets and was promoted to general manager in 1974. He was responsible for integrating Pillsbury's acquisition of Totino's Pizza, as vice president of marketing and sales from 1976 to 1980 and was named general manager in 1979. Larson joined the frozen foods division in 1980 and was named group vice president in 1982. From 1983 to 1984 he served as group vice president of the dry grocery division and was promoted to executive vice president of Pillsbury in 1984 with responsibility for industrial foods, flour milling, grocery products and sales. He was elected president of the company's U.S. foods division in 1986.
 Larson holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Macalester College in St. Paul and an MBA in marketing from the Wharton School of Finance in Philadelphia.
 Personal trust is the largest trust service for FBS, generating approximately $50 million of fee income. As one of the largest providers of trust services in the Upper Midwest, FBS also is in the bond indenture business and provides institutional trust services through First Trust. Consolidated trust fees of $104.1 million accounted for 30 percent of the company's total noninterest income during 1991. At year end 1991, FBS had $15 billion of assets under management and total trust assets of $113 billion.
 First Bank System is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Minneapolis with assets of approximately $22.5 billion. The company provides complete financial services to individuals and institutions through 25 financial services companies with 218 offices in Minnesota, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Washington and California.
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