Golden State Bancorp, the parent of California Federal Bank, has named Daniel Leonard president and chief operating officer of the thrift's automobile finance unit.

Mr. Leonard, a nine-year veteran of the $57 billion-asset company, had been a senior vice president in charge of consumer and business banking operations and services.The Dallas-based finance unit, Auto One Acceptance Corp., makes loans to consumers with tarnished credit through more than 800 franchised automobile dealers in 47 states.

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