Mark Mason, chief financial officer of First Alliance Corp., said this week that his task with the subprime lender is done so he will return to a previous career goal-running a banking company.

Mr. Mason, who was brought in three years ago to help shepherd First Alliance through its initial public offering, will be leaving Friday to rejoin Bank Plus Corp., Los Angeles. He will serve as executive vice president, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer of both Bank Plus and Fidelity First Bank, its thrift subsidiary.

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