Home Savings Bank's high-profile effort to convert itself from a stodgy mortgage factory to a fleet-footed consumer bank has claimed its first executive victim.

The nation's largest thrift, a unit of Irwindale, Calif.-based H.F. Ahmanson & Co., said Tuesday that its No. 2 executive, Fredric J. Forster, was leaving because of differences over tactics with chief executive Charles R. Rinehart, who is spearheading the consumer banking drive.

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