Regions Financial Corp. bolstered the customer service staff of its corporate trust group by appointing Patti A. Maner vice president and senior relationship manager.

Maner, a veteran of more than 34 years in corporate trust administration, worked most recently at The Bank of New York Mellon. She works at the firm’s Birmingham, Ala., office.

The corporate trust group will look to tap Maner’s product knowledge and decades of customer service experience, Kevin Dobrava, the south regional manager of Regions Corporate Trust, said in a statement.

Maner received her B.A. from Samford University, in Birmingham, Ala., and her M.A. from Auburn University. She is also a Certified Corporate Trust Specialist.

Since 2008, Regions Bank has risen to fifth place among trustees, Thomson Reuters numbers show. In 2011, Regions ranked sixth, after recording $3.57 billion in 94 issues. It garnered a 2.3% market share.

Regions Financial Corp., with $122 billion in assets, provides consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage, and insurance products and services. The Birmingham, Ala.-based firm operates in 16 states across the South, Midwest, and Texas.

Raymond James Financial earlier this year acquired Morgan Keegan & Co. from Regions for $1.2 billion in cash. Morgan Keegan had provided investment and securities brokerage services to Regions customers from its more than 300 offices.

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