Washington Mutual Inc. has named senior vice president Vicki Bott as head of the newly created consumer direct distribution division in its mortgage banking group.The unit is responsible for fulfilling residential loan applications from Washington Mutual's Web site and call center.

Ms. Bott, who is based in Irvine, Calif., was senior vice president in charge of operations for the mortgage banking group. In that job she was responsible for processing, closing, lending, builder services, productivity, and compliance exams. She has 11 years of mortgage banking experience.

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