The board of directors of First Interstate Bank of Utah has named the bank's president, Richard Kieffer, as chairman and chief executive officer.

Kieffer will take on the additional titles when former chairman and CEO George Rothell retires March 1, a spokesman said.Kieffer came to Utah in 1960 as an operations officer for Walker Bank & Trust Co., an affiliate of First Interstate's predecessor Western Ban-corp. He was appointed executive vice president of operations and administration in 1981 and president of the $950 million institution last October.

"Richard is a driving force in this organization and is well prepared to continue offering (First Interstate Bank of Utah) customers innovative products and quality services," Rothell said.