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Simi Valley-Lenders First Choice has added Jim Brady as senior vice president of national title operations. In this position, he manages the title operations function for the company.

Prior to joining LFC, Mr. Brady served as division manager for Commerce Title Co., a division of Centex, where he oversaw settlement services operations.

He has also held executive positions with The Associates/CitiGroup, First American and LandSafe.

Santa Ana-The First American Corp. said that Christopher Del Moral-Niles has been named treasurer and an officer of the corporation.

Mr. Niles brings 15 years of financial services industry experience to this position. He joins First American from Union Bank of California NA, where he most recently served as senior vice president and director of liability management for the bank.

He also served as president and director of UnionBanCal Commercial Funding Corp. and had previously served as the bank's asset/liability strategist.

Laguna Hills-QuestSoft has named Stephanie Ochoa as vice president of compliance services.

She currently serves as vice chair of the State Legislative & Regulatory Committee of the Mortgage Bankers Association, which reports to the MBA's Residential Board of Governors.

Prior to joining QuestSoft, Ms. Ochoa served as a consultant for the MBA, interacting with its affiliates and coordinating state efforts regarding pending legislation for predatory lending and privacy laws.

Walnut Creek-Alicia Kamian was appointed to the position of senior vice president, San Mateo County manager of Old Republic Title Co. In addition, Bethe Battalio has been appointed to the position of vice president, San Mateo County escrow operations manager.

Ms. Kamian will oversee the profitability, growth and development of the title and escrow operations in San Mateo County. Since 2001, she served as vice president, counsel for Old Republic Title Co., Old Republic National Title Insurance Co. and vice president of Old Republic Title & Escrow of Hawaii.

Ms. Battalio will be responsible for guiding and developing the San Mateo County escrow staff. Since 1999, she served as an assistant branch manager and branch manager for Old Republic Title Co.


Shelton-Clayton Holdings said that Bruce Legan, senior manager of Ernst & Young's structured finance advisory services group, has joined the company as senior managing director of its consulting services business.

For the past four years, Mr. Legan led E&Y's residential mortgage advisory practice.

Prior to joining E&Y, he was a managing director at MBIA Insurance Corp. and also worked for GMAC Mortgage.

Stamford-GE Real Estate has appointed Anuj Gupta to the position of managing director, capital markets, North America lending.

In this position, Mr. Gupta will lead global securitization and capital market activities predominantly in the United States and Canada.

He joins GE Real Estate from GE Commercial Finance's Capital Markets Group, where he was a global securitization segment leader, and previously worked at Aames Financial Corp., Greenwich Capital Markets Inc. and NatWest Markets.


Washington-NCB FSB, a subsidiary of National Cooperative Bank, has named Joseph D. Diggs as business development officer and senior vice president of national real estate/CMBS capital markets.

In this role, Mr. Diggs will be responsible for originating commercial real estate loans, promoting NCB's real estate lending programs and developing new and existing client relationships. He will be based in Charlotte, N.C.

He joined the bank in 2002 as a senior underwriter working primarily with real estate customers.


Minneapolis-Residential Capital Corp. has appointed Kenneth Fischbach to managing director, investor relations.

Mr. Fischbach will lead ResCap's global investor relations efforts supporting the company's ongoing access to capital markets both domestically and internationally.

For the past 11 years, he served as a senior vice president at MBNA American Corp. in Wilmington, Del. Serving in multiple capacities throughout his tenure, he has held positions in fixed-income investor relations, global credit and financial institutions relationship management, and treasury management.


New York-Capital Trust Inc. has created the office of chief credit officer and appointed Thomas C. Ruffing to the position.

Mr. Ruffing has been employed by the company since 2001 and presently serves as a managing director and head of asset management. In his new role, he will continue his prior responsibilities for the company's asset management and special servicing functions and will manage underwriting and credit for new investments made by the company and its private equity funds.

Prior to joining Capital Trust, he was a vice president at J.P. Morgan Chase, where he worked in various capacities from 1990.

New York-Citigroup said that Jackson Cosey joined its Consumer Lending Group as the head of strategic markets.

He will work with all of the Consumer Lending Group's business units, which include real estate lending, auto finance and student loans.

Mr. Cosey comes to Citigroup from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage where he most recently held the position of senior vice president, emerging markets division.


Dallas-First American National Default Outsourcing has named Eric Sencer chief operating officer.

Mr. Sencer brings 18 years of default industry experience to First American National Default Outsourcing, part of First American's Default Information Services division.

Prior to joining First American, he held the position of president for Dallas-based Defaultlink. He has served as vice president in the default arena with Washington Mutual and also served as vice president overseeing the bankruptcy and foreclosure departments at Bank One in Milwaukee.

Plano-Countrywide Home Loans Inc. has named Brian Hale senior managing director and president of its consumer markets division, located in Plano.

Mr. Hale previously served as managing director and chief production officer in the consumer markets division, where he led the retail branch network, business-to-consumer efforts, multicultural markets sales and national builder alliances.

He has nearly three decades of experience in the mortgage and financial industries. Prior to joining Countrywide, he was a sales executive for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and held sales and operations positions at Fleet Mortgage Corp. and Household Finance. (c) 2006 Mortgage Servicing News and SourceMedia, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.mortgageservicingnews.com http://www.sourcemedia.com

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