VIENNA: Following the takeover of Bank Austria by the Bavarian Hypovereinsbank, the PR departments are to merge. Former spokesman for BA, Martin Hehemann, has been appointed head of the merged PR operation. Harald Triplat will lead the internal communications department for the merged group. Triplat was deputy to BA's IR head, Wolfgang Pinner. The IR department has been dissolved. BA and BH plan to maintain a two-brand strategy in Austria.