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CALIFORNIA

Calabasase - Countrywide Financial Corp. has appointed Jess Lederman to serve as the company's chief risk officer.

He joined Countrywide in 2005 and served as Countrywide's managing director of products and pricing before being named to his new role.

A 27-year industry veteran, Mr. Lederman spent nine years with Ohio Savings Bank prior to joining Countrywide.

He began his career in the financial services industry in senior positions with Sears Mortgage Securities Corp. and Bear Stearns and has also served as director of an affordable housing organization in Jackson Hole, Wyo., as well as chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association's Capital Markets Committee in 2000.

Santa Ana - First American Title Insurance Co. said that Landon V. Taylor has been named president of the company's strategic markets division.

In addition to his strategic markets role, Mr. Taylor will continue to direct First American's New Market Ventures Fund, an investment vehicle that enables the corporation to make high-impact investments aimed at increasing homeownership opportunities in underserved markets.

He has held leadership positions with a number of operations within the First American Family of Cos. since joining the company 10 years ago as a branch manager for First American Title in Santa Clara, Calif.

Tustin - Louis Volpini joined Sunwest Bank as vice president and team leader of the real estate division.

Based in the Tustin office, Mr. Volpini will oversee all real estate lending activities.

He most recently served as a regional manager for Affinity Bank in Orange County, and prior to his time with Affinity Bank worked as the manager of business development for Commerce West.

Tustin - USFN said that Tiffany Cohen has joined the organization as director of education and marketing.

Ms. Cohen will be responsible for the development of educational programs, sponsorship management, advertising and event management for the group.

Prior to joining USFN, she served as the special events manager for Goodwill of Orange County and was promotions and special projects manager for Crain Communications, where she worked on all aspects of meeting management, conferences, sponsorship development and tradeshow activities.

Walnut Creek - The PMI Group Inc. appointed Dario Nolasco as vice president, legal for PMI Guaranty.

Mr. Nolasco's responsibilities will include managing all legal issues related to PMI Guaranty's commercial activities including the legal review and negotiation of reinsurance treaties and the appropriate legal structuring and documentation of new transactions.

He joins PMI from Financial Security Assurance Inc., where he served as assistant general counsel, and prior to that worked as a corporate associate for Sullivan and Cromwell LLP.

COLORADO

Denver - Mortgage Cadence Inc. said that Michael Hammond has joined the company as chief marketing officer.

With nearly 15 years of experience in brand building, product launches and developing marketing and sales strategies, Mr. Hammond has marketing communications and public relations experience in the financial services arena.

Before joining Mortgage Cadence, he worked as vice president of business strategy for Martopia.

GEORGIA

Atlanta - Assurant Specialty Property said that John A. Frobose has been named president of Assurant Specialty Property's Lending Solutions business.

He succeeds Gene Mergelmeyer, who was recently promoted to president of Assurant Specialty Property.

Mr. Frobose has served as senior vice president and hazard product line executive for Lending Solutions since October 2005.

He joined a predecessor company, American Security Group, in 1994, and has served in various management positions, including flood insurance product manager, vice president, mortgage market product management, and national client relationship and hazard business manager.

Michael Campbell was named senior vice president and hazard product line executive, succeeding Mr. Frobose.

Mr. Campbell joined Assurant Specialty Property in May 2006 after Assurant Specialty Property acquired Safeco Inc.'s creditor-placed homeowners insurance business.

VIRGINIA

Richmond - LandAmerica Financial Group Inc. said that Parker Myers has joined the company as senior vice president, technology resources.

Mr. Myers comes to LandAmerica after serving as vice president, corporate development for UPS Freight (formerly Overnite Transportation) and before that for Trigon Insurance, leading strategic growth initiatives and post-merger integrations for both companies.

His career has also seen him fill leadership positions for McKinsey & Co. and Andersen Consulting.

WASHINGTON

Seattle - Washington Mutual Inc. said that

John P. McMurray is joining WaMu to serve as the company's chief credit officer.

Mr. McMurray most recently was senior managing director and chief risk officer at Countrywide Financial Corp., Calabasas, Calif.

At WaMu, he will be responsible for the company's overall credit risk strategy, credit risk and portfolio management, credit policy and related functions including portfolio analytics and loan review.

Prior to joining Countrywide, he served in senior leadership positions responsible for credit risk management for a number of mortgage-related companies, including Freddie Mac and Crestar Mortgage Corp.

TEXAS

Houston - Integrated Mortgage Solutions has named Gene Baker as vice president, loss mitigation services.

Prior to joining IMS, Mr. Baker served as branch manager for Gulfport, Miss.-based Hancock Holding Co. and Bank.

At Birmingham, Ala.-based New South Federal Savings Bank, he worked as REO asset manager, and also served as branch manager at Pelham, Ala.-based Citifinancial and release manager for Pelham, Ala.-based Alabama Auto Adjusters.

Lewisville - EMC Mortgage Corp. said that Edward Lam has been promoted to senior vice president and controller within the financial management division.

Mr. Lam plays a senior role in managing the financial planning and analysis, scratch and dent profit and loss, and unpaid principal balance reconciliation teams. (c) 2007 Mortgage Servicing News and SourceMedia, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.mortgageservicingnews.com/ http://www.sourcemedia.com/

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