Nectar Kalajian has been named executive vice president for the West Coast region of Power Express Mortgage Bankers, a direct lender of jumbo home loans headquartered in Lake Success, N.Y.A 30-year veteran of the industry, Ms. Kalajian will be based at Power Express's Pasadena, Calif. office, the company said. She was most recently president of the retail division of Ownit Mortgage Solutions Inc., a California-based home lender that was partly owned by Merrill Lynch & Co. before it dissolved in late 2006. Before that, Ms. Kalajian was the founder and owner of Security Pacific Home Loans, a California-based direct lender that was acquired by Ownit. She previously held various executive posts at Countrywide Home Loans, rising to executive vice president.

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