WASHINGTON -- The California League of Savings Institutions completed a lengthy search for a president by naming Louis H. Nevins, a Washington lobbyist.

He succeeds Jay Janis, who died in October.

Mr. Nevins, managing partner of the Washington office of the law firm Thacher Proffit & Wood, worked in the 1980s for the National Association of Mutual Savings Banks, a predecessor of the Savings and Community Bankers of America.

Paul A. Schosberg, president of the savings institution trade group, said: "I think he brings a tremendous knowledge of the industry and the political and legislative backdrop in which it has evolved."

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