Jeffrey M. Peek, chairman and chief executive officer of CIT Group Inc., has resigned from the board of directors of Freddie Mac, citing a desire to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest in connection with a proposed purchase by Freddie of securities backed by CIT mortgages.CIT Group has announced an agreement to sell Freddie Mac $3.5 billion to $4.2 billion of triple-A rated securities backed by approximately $6 billion of residential mortgages. Richard F. Syron, chairman and CEO of Freddie Mac, expressed disappointment that Mr. Peek would be leaving the board and praised his "experience and insight," which he said have been "enormously valuable to Freddie Mac." The government-sponsored enterprise can be found online at http://www.freddiemac.com.

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