Angelo R. Mozilo, chairman and chief executive officer of Countrywide Financial Corp., has agreed to continue as chairman and CEO through the end of 2009, the company has announced.The terms of the new contract were not disclosed. Stanford L. Kurland, who was once considered a possible heir to Mr. Mozilo as CEO, resigned from the company recently as president and chief operating officer and was replaced by David Sambol, a 21-year veteran of Countrywide. Mr. Mozilo had indicated that he planned to stay on as chairman, but it was unclear whether he would remain as CEO beyond the end of this year. The company can be found online at http://www.countrywide.com.

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