SAN FRANCISCO -- First Nationwide Bank is undergoing a series of senior management changes in advance of its sale by Ford Motor Co., including transfer of the thrills chief executive to the parent company.

John M. Devine, 50, a longtime Ford Motor financial executive who joined First Nationwide in 1988 and was named its chairman and CEO in 1991, will return to the automaker as vice president and corporate controller, effective June 1.

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