Al Tappe, an executive at Countrywide Home Loans, has been named chief operations officer of Citigroup's Citi Real Estate Lending, St. Louis, effective Feb. 1.Mr. Tappe will be responsible for supporting all real estate origination operations, including dedicated channel support for unique customer or product needs, and a business center that provides cross-channel support for common functions, the company said. He held senior positions at Countrywide as chief technology officer and chief operations officer in the company's Consumer Markets Division. Mr. Tappe also held positions in the mortgage operations of Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of America.

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