Consumers Choose WaMu as Only Bank on Top 50 List
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2007--Washington Mutual, Inc.
(NYSE:WM), one of the nation's leading consumer and small business
banking companies, was the only bank named in the 50 best regarded
companies in the United States according to a global study of
According to U.S. consumers recently surveyed by the Reputation
Institute, WaMu placed 38th on a list of the nation's largest
companies, putting WaMu in an elite group of the 50 best regarded
companies in the United States. WaMu commanded the highest reputation
score of U.S. banking companies and was the only one of its peer group
included in the top 50.
WaMu's reputation score is above the average rating of all
companies rated by consumers in 29 countries. The reputation score is
a reflection of seven dimensions including leadership, citizenship,
governance, workplace, innovation, products and services, and
"WaMu takes its corporate reputation very seriously and we're
honored to have earned the public's trust, respect and admiration,"
said Kerry Killinger, WaMu's Chairman and CEO. "Our reputation is one
of our most important assets and helps make WaMu a place where people
want to bank, invest and work. "
The study surveyed more than 60,000 consumers in 29 countries on
six continents to measure the corporate reputations of 600 of the
world's largest companies. More than 175,000 ratings were collected to
develop reliable measurements of the corporate reputation of more than
1,000 companies. Companies were rated by consumers in their home
The Reputation Institute recognition is the latest in a series of
accolades for WaMu. In March, BusinessWeek magazine named WaMu a Top
25 Service Champ, again the only bank to make the list. In addition,
Fortune magazine designated WaMu a 2006 Blue Ribbon Company as a
result of its designation on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For,
America's Most Admired Companies, Fortune 500 and Global 500.
WaMu, through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation's leading
consumer and small business banks. At March 31, 2007, WaMu and its
subsidiaries had assets of $319.99 billion. The company has a history
dating back to 1889 and its subsidiary banks currently operate more
than 2,700 consumer and small business banking stores throughout the
nation. WaMu's press releases are available at
About Reputation Institute
Reputation Institute is a private advisory and research firm
headquartered in New York with representation in more than 20
countries around the world. Founded in 1997, the organization is a
pioneer and global leader in the field of corporate reputation
management. A complimentary overview of the results of the 2007
RepTrak(TM) 200 can be downloaded from www.reputationinstitute.com.
CONTACT: WaMu Media Contact
WaMu Investor Relations Contact
206-500-4148 / 212-702-6955
SOURCE: Washington Mutual, Inc.