Commonwealth Mortgage Assurance Co. said it has appointed James L. Gear vice president and national accounts manager.

In the newly created position, Mr. Gear will act as a liaison to many of the company's largest industry partners.

He will focus on enhancing service, market-trend reporting, and new product development, the company said.

Mr. Gear was previously a senior vice president and national sales director at Industrywide Mortgage Exchange in San Ramon, Calif.

He has also been an associate director of Bear, Stearns & Co.

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