Dominion Bankshares Corp. of Roanoke announced that on Oct. 1 president Byron A. Hicks will take on the additional responsibilities of chief executive officer. Hicks, who has been chief administrative officer, will succeed E.H. Ould in the CEO slot.

Ould, 70, will retire as an active officer of the bank holding company at that time. He will, however, continue to serve as chairman of the board and as a member of the executive committee.

Executive vice president Warren N. Dalhouse will assume Hick's post of chief administrative officer.

National Bank of Washington has named John A. Gommengenger senior vice president. He will coordinate the bank's international activities.

Gommengenger comes to the bank from Marine Midland Bank of Buffalo, N.Y., where most recently he was administrative vice president with responsibilities for the Canadian subsidiary companies.

The bank also appointed Arthur E. Spielman vice president in the commercial credit department. Spielman has been in Washington area banking since 1966.

United Virginia Bank/National had promoted Gerard C. Pender to senior vice president. He is now in charge of retail loan administration.

UVB/National also named William K. Butler and Donald B. Toobill vice presidents. Butler is in the commercial division and Toohill is a retail regional manager in Prince William County.

Norris S. Griffin has been elected chairman and chief executive officer of Bank of Virginia Mortgage Corp. Griffin is also executive vice president of Bank of Virginia Co. and president of BVA Credit Corp.

The mortgage company also named John J. Dickinson president and chief administrative officer. New vice presidents are G. Thomas Matthews and Earnest A. Huband.

Bank of Virginia-Potomac has elected Herbert E. Vaughan senior vice president. He will be responsible for branch banking and the marketing division. Vaughan joined Bank of Virginia in Richmond in 1971.

Government Employees Insurance Co. announced a number of personnel changes. Senior VP Edward S. Ring, who has been serving as acting chief operating officer, has received permanent appointment to that post.

Former vice president and general counsel Donald K. Smith has been promoted to senior VP and retains the counsel post.

Henry J. Collins has been promoted to vice president and comptroller, while Albert M. McKenney assumes Collin's former position as treasurer.

New vice president for employee relations is De Wayne C. Cuthbertson, who was previously an assistant VP in that department.

Richard C. Lucas is new vice president for internal audit.

At the affiliated Government Employees Life Insurance Co., David C. Drake has been elected vice president and actuary. Drake joined the company in June of this year. He had previously been president and actuary of Factuarial Co., and actuarial consulting firm.

Allegheny Airlines has promoted Harry T. Chandis to senior vice president for marketing. Chandis will have full responsibility for Allegheny's overall marketing program, including sales, advertising, rates and tariffs, scheduling and revenue planning.

Reporting to Chandis will be James C. Johnston, new vice president for sales. Johnston has been with Allegheny of sales positions. He was most recently assistant vice president for sales.

Hittman Corp. of Columbia has named Harvey M. Bernstein vice president. Bernstein will head the planning and development of energy and environmental programs.

Bernstein joined Hittman three years ago as manager of the energy conservation department.

Richard R.J. Morin, former general manager of the Kennebec Journal in Maine, has resigned to take an executive position with Washington Star Communications, Inc.

Morin said his initial assignment will be to work on management organization at the Starr and on newspapers in Sanford, Me., and Westfield, Mass., which are also owned by Joseph Allbritton.

Peoples Life Insurance Co. chairman and chief executive officer Ernest L. Hogan has been elected chairman and president of Home Life Insurance Co. of America. Home Life was formerly based in Philadelphia and moved to Washington in April after Peoples Life bought it.

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce has elected John T. Cahill president. Cahill is vice president of Chevy Chase Savings & Loan Association.

The chamber also elected Sally Carl, vice president and secretary-treasurer of O'Boyle Tank Lines, Inc., to the offices of vice president and treasurer.

Martin Marietta Corp. of Bethesda has named Melvin A. McCubbin a corporate vice president. He will continue to serve as controller of the corporation, a post he has held since 1974.

McLachlen National Bank elected Peter Calomiris to the board. He is executive vice president of Wm. Calomiris Investment Corp. He is also a principal in Calomiris Construction Co., Inc., Wm. Calomiris Enterprises and Wm. Calomiris Properties with his two brothers, William and W. Donald.

William W. Scranton has been elected to the board of American Express Co. The former ambassador to the United Nations and governor of Pennsylvania will be paid the company's standard director's fee of $8,000 a year plus $300 for each of the 12 board meetings a year he attends.

Anne Armstrong and Pamela Harriman have been named to the board of Brantiff International Corp. The board was expanded by two to include the women, who are the second and third women to serve.

Armstrong, former ambassador to Great Britain, was also elected to the board of General Motors. She is the second woman to sit on that board.