Washington Federal in Seattle has promoted Brent Beardall to president.

Beardall, who has been with Washington Federal since 2001, was named president of the $14.8 billion-asset company and its primary banking unit and retains his job as chief banking officer.

Beardall inherited the president's title from Roy Whitehead, who remains chairman and chief executive. Whitehead had been president since 1999.

"Brent has been an indispensable part of our executive team for many years," Whitehead said in a news release Tuesday.

Beardall is the company's sixth president in 99 years.

He joined Washington Federal as controller in 2001 and served as chief financial officer from 2013-2014 before being named chief banking officer to, as the release said, "broaden his executive experience."

Washington Federal operates 243 branches in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico.

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