SAN RAMON, Calif. - Inc. on Wednesday named a Countrywide Credit Industries executive, Rick Cossano, president and chief executive officer.A 20-year veteran of the mortgage industry, Mr. Cossano, 43 will succeed Mark L. Korell, who late last year announced plans to retire on Jan. 15. Stephen J. Sogin, 55, a member of's board of directors, will continue as interim CEO until Feb. 1.

Mr. Cossano, who will also sit on FiNet's board, joins the Internet company after a 12-year stint with Countrywide Home Loans, where he was executive vice president to both the wholesale lending and consumer markets divisions.

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