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Washington Mutual Hires Technology Veteran to Lead Enterprise Data Services
SEATTLE, Sep 24, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Washington Mutual, Inc. (NYSE:WM) announced today the hiring of Karlene A. Seime-Noble as senior vice president of Enterprise Data Services within its Technology Solutions Group.

Seime-Noble brings more than 18 years of information technology experience to the newly created position. Seime-Noble will lead the effort to streamline Washington Mutual's ability to manage and transfer data between business lines.

"We've added the Enterprise Data Services office to further improve operating efficiency throughout the company," said Jerry Gross, chief information officer at Washington Mutual. "Karlene is a strong addition to our team and we look forward to tapping into her leadership skills to establish an advanced enterprise-wide data services capability for the company."

Prior to joining Washington Mutual, Seime-Noble worked for nearly eight years at Dell Computer Corporation in several IT leadership positions including database management services, human resource systems, ERP implementation, applications development and worldwide systems deployment. Seime-Noble has also worked at The Pillsbury Company, Tandem Computers Inc., Utlas International U.S. Inc. and Data Phase Corporation.

"I see data as the lifeblood of any company," said Seime-Noble. "Our vision is to enhance Washington Mutual's enterprise data services to ensure all of the various data the company collects and exchanges is effectively managed as the company continues to grow."

With a history dating back to 1889, Washington Mutual is a national financial services company that provides a diversified line of products and services to consumers and small- to mid-sized businesses. At June 30, 2002, Washington Mutual and its subsidiaries had assets of $261.28 billion. Washington Mutual currently operates more than 2,500 consumer banking, mortgage lending, commercial banking, consumer finance and financial services offices throughout the nation.

CONTACT:          Washington Mutual
                  Angela Clegg, 206/461-6390

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