American Capital Strategies hired Douglas Cooper as managing director of the commercial mortgage asset management group, the company announced last week. In his new role, Cooper will be responsible for developing a team to manage and invest in commercial mortgage securitizations. Prior to joining ACAS, Cooper was managing director at Allied Capital Corp., where he was involved in all aspects of the company's CMBS investment program, including bond investment selection, real estate due diligence, structuring, securitization and surveillance.

Nelnet Inc. hired Rebecca Stilling and Wendie Doyle from EDFUND, a national provider of student financial aid services under the Federal Family Education Loan Program, to work in its GuaranTec guarantee services unit. Stilling joins Nelnet after serving as vice president of loan operations and then as president of EDFUND and Doyle joins after serving as vice president and general counsel of EDFUND for five years.

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