Robert Higgins, president of FleetBoston's consumer banking and investment services, has announced plans to retire from the firm at the end of 2001. Higgins also serves as a director of FleetBoston Financial.

Prior to the Fleet/BankBoston merger, Higgins had been Fleet's president and COO. After the transition, Charles Gifford, originally chairman and CEO of Bank Boston, assumed the role of president and COO of the merged entity and Higgins took his current post.

Higgins retires after a 30-year run with the firm, where he had managed both domestic and international banking services. FleetBoston officials were unavailable for comment at press time.

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