Frederic R. "Rick" McGill has been named president of Downey Financial Corp., Newport Beach, Calif., and its wholly owned thrift subsidiary, Downey Savings and Loan Association FA, effective Oct. 29.Mr. McGill will replace Daniel D. Rosenthal as president of the two entities, but Mr. Rosenthal will continue as chief executive officer of Downey and the thrift, Downey said. Mr. McGill has over 30 years of experience in the finance industry, most recently as a consultant to Banco Popular North America. He was previously president and chief executive officer of Quaker City Bancorp and Quaker City Bank until the holding company's sale to Banco Popular. Downey can be found on the Web at http://www.downeysavings.com.

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