Natwest Group, has hired the head of Lehman Brothers' agency commercial mortgage obligations business as co-head of its own expanding agency and whole-loan CMO group.

Joshua Weintraub will be a senior vice president in the newly created position, as he was at New York-based Lehman, his employer for seven years.

The other co-head of the Greenwich, Conn.-based group is senior vice president Anilesh Ahuja, who has been with the company for two years.

Greenwich Natwest has also hired a Salomon Brothers veteran, Eric Daophers, as the group's vice president for trading and structuring, another newly created position.

Mr. Daophers, who worked 10 years for Salomon, will report to Mr. Weintraub and Mr. Ahuja.

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