Leader Mortgage Co., Cleveland, has hired James L. Hook, an executive of a Hubco Inc. subsidiary, to be executive vice president.

Leader Mortgage is a unit of First Federal Savings of Defiance, Ohio, a subsidiary of First Defiance Financial Corp.

Mr. Hook is to manage retail and wholesale residential mortgage loan originations, production operations, secondary marketing, and product development.

He was a senior vice president at Bank of the Hudson, the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., subsidiary of Hubco Inc. of Mahwah, N.J. He had been responsible for the bank's residential mortgage lending.

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