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Washington Mutual Names John Woodworth as Consumer Bank Group Manager of the Intermountain Region; Region Includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah

BOISE, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 21, 2003--Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM) has named John Woodworth, senior vice president, as the group manager of consumer banking in the Intermountain Region, which includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.

In this position, Woodworth oversees the company's entire retail banking operations in the region.

Woodworth, who has more than 30 years of banking experience, formerly held a similar position as group manager of consumer banking in Washington Mutual's southeast region, where he has worked since 1997. He started his career in Spokane, Wash., as a loan processor and teller in 1972 and was promoted to branch manager in 1977. He later served as regional manager in various western U.S. markets beginning in 1986, which included a position from 1995 to 1997 with responsibility for the Idaho, Montana and Utah region.

"John is a distinguished leader in both his banking career and his community involvement," said Mike Amato, Washington Mutual executive vice president and manager of consumer branch banking. "He has proven that he can drive strong business performance, while emphasizing employee development and community involvement. He will be an excellent representative for the bank in the Intermountain area as we focus on growing our presence and our market share."

An active community member, Woodworth most recently served on the board of various nonprofit organizations in Florida, including the Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation and First Housing, as well as the Palm Beach County affiliates for the March of Dimes, United Way, the County Business Development Association and the Education Foundation. Other past volunteer activities included board positions for the Eastern Washington University Foundation, Junior Achievement and the Economic Development Council in Spokane, the McKenzie Willamette Hospital and United Way in Eugene, Ore.

    CONTACT: Washington Mutual
             Mary Kelley, 206/377-6878

    SOURCE: Washington Mutual