Washington Federal Announces Brent Beardall Promoted to Chief Banking Officer and Diane Kelleher to Chief Financial Officer

Washington Federal Announces Brent Beardall Promoted to Chief Banking Officer
and Diane Kelleher to Chief Financial Officer

The Board of Directors of Washington Federal, Inc., parent company of
Washington Federal, today announced changes to its leadership team.

SEATTLE, Wash., March 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - The Board of
Directors of Washington Federal, Inc. (Nasdaq:WAFD), parent company of
Washington Federal, today announced changes to its leadership team.

Brent Beardall is named Executive Vice President and the company's Chief
Banking Officer. In his new role, all client-facing activities, including
commercial real estate lending, retail banking, commercial and industrial
lending, treasury management services and capital markets will report to him.
Beardall joined Washington Federal in 2001 and has served as the company's
Chief Financial Officer since October 2003. Beardall began his career as a
Certified Public Accountant with Deloitte & Touche. He holds an undergraduate
degree in accounting, along with an MA in Professional Accounting, from
Brigham Young University, and recently completed the Stanford University
Executive Program.

Diane Kelleher succeeds Beardall as Chief Financial Officer. She joined
Washington Federal in 2010 and currently serves as Senior Vice President,
Controller and Treasurer after previously heading Enterprise Risk Management.
Kelleher has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry with
companies such as Safeco, Washington Mutual and American West Bancorp, where
she also served as Chief Financial Officer. She is a Certified Public
Accountant and holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Oregon State
University and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Chairman, President & CEO Roy Whitehead stated that, "Our company is blessed
with a tremendous depth of talent that we can move about as needed to
capitalize on the many strengths of our executive team. Mr. Beardall's global
understanding of the business will strengthen our banking teams and invigorate
business development efforts, while Ms. Kelleher's background makes her an
outstanding choice to take on the Chief Financial Officer duties. They have
worked together carefully over the past several quarters to ready the Company
for this transition. Congratulations to them both."

Washington Federal, with headquarters in Seattle, Washington, has 231 branches
in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico.
Established in 1917, the company provides consumer and commercial deposit
services, insurance products, and financing for small to middle market
businesses, commercial real estate and residential real estate, including
consumer mortgages and home equity lines of credit. As of December 31, 2013,
the Company reported $14.4 billion in assets, $10.4 billion in deposits and
$1.9 billion in stockholders' equity.

To find out more about Washington Federal, please visit our website.
Washington Federal uses its website to distribute financial and other material
information about the Company, which is routinely posted on and accessible at
http://www.washingtonfederal.com.

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CONTACT: Washington Federal
         Cathy Cooper
         cathy.cooper@wafd.com
         206-777-8246
 
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