Fortress Investment Group, which controls a mid-sized subprime servicing operation, has hired former Fannie Mae chief Daniel Mudd to be its new chief executive.
Mr. Mudd was forced out of the money-losing Fannie Mae in September when the company and its sister firm, Freddie Mac, were placed into separate conservatorships. Mr. Mudd became CEO of the GSE in 2004 in the wake of a $6 billion accounting scandal where the firm's former management understated its prior years earnings.
Under Mr. Mudd's stewardship Fannie became a large investor in MBS backed by alternative-A credit loans. The declining value of those securities has forced the GSE to book multibillion-dollar losses.
A few years back Fortress bought Centex Home Equity of Dallas, once one of the nation's largest subprime lenders. Centex changed its name to Nationstar Mortgage and eventually ceased originating new loans but remains as a servicer.
Mr. Mudd will take the reins of the publicly traded Fortress on Aug. 11. He is currently a director of the company. Fortress, whose shares trade for $3, manages $26.5 billion in assets.