Columbia, Md. - Ryland Group Inc., a home-building and mortgage finance company, has named R. Chad Dreier, 46, president, chief executive officer, and a member of the board.

He succeeds Andre W. Brewster as CEO. Mr. Brewster, who had been interim CEO, remains as chairman

Mr. Dreier has been executive vice president and chief financial officer for Kaufman & Broad Home Corp., as well as chairman of Kaufman & Broad Mortgage Co.

Earlier, he was vice president and director of development of Daon Corp., a Canadian real estate development company and executive vice president of Golden West Holding Corp,, a real estate developer in Los Angeles.

In 1986, he coordinated the spinoff of Kaufman & Broad's home operations and the initial public offering to form Kaufman & Broad Home Corp.

Reporting to Mr. Dreier will be Alan P. Hoblitzell Jr., executive vice president, finance and administration; Robert J. Gaw, president of Ryland Mortgage Co., and the presidents for each of Ryland's five regions for home building.

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