Fleet Mortgage Group has promoted former Home Savings of America executive Howard Ackerman to senior vice president of retail loan production.

Mr. Ackerman was a senior vice president at Home Savings in Irwindale, Calif., responsible for training and sales operations of the company's 500 retail loan originators and sales managers.

He joined Fleet in November, a month after Washington Mutual Inc. bought Home Savings' parent, H.F. Ahmanson & Co. At Fleet he was most recently vice president and production support manager.

Before coming to Home Savings, Mr. Ackerman was president of BA Appraisals, a residential real estate appraisal company he had founded in northern N.J.

Fleet Mortgage Group, based in Columbia, S.C., is a unit of $128 billion-asset Fleet Financial Group of Boston. Mr. Ackerman is based in the unit's Glen Rock, N.J. office.

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