Seattle-based Washington Mutual Inc. has hired Christopher B. Radford to be senior vice president of financial services group administration at its Orange County administrative headquarters in Irvine, Calif.

In addition, he is to oversee operations and client services, information technology, compliance, fund operations, and project management for the company's mutual insurance services and its group of funds.

He reports to Joel Calvo, executive vice president.

Mr. Radford, 41, was director of sales and training for Main Street Trading Co. in Orange County, where he worked for two years. Earlier he was senior vice president and market director at Pittsburgh-based PNC Brokerage Corp., where he had worked one year.

He has 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, including two years at Union Bank of California Investment Services Inc. in Los Angeles.

MIDDLE ATLANTICChase Manhattan Corp. has hired Mike Blackman to be managing director in charge of its Chase Hambrecht & Quist executive financial services office in Newport Beach, Calif. At Chase H&Q, a division of Chase Securities Inc., he is to establish and manage a training program for employees who work with high-net-worth investors.

In 1996 Mr. Blackman established a New York high-net-worth sales office for Banc of America Securities' Montgomery private-client services division where he was managing director and also Montgomery's training director, with a focus on client relationships introduced by the investment banking area of the company.

Before that, he had worked 14 years for Kidder Peabody & Co. and its successor, PaineWebber Inc., for which he managed sales offices in San Diego, Newport Beach, and Los Angeles.

The Newport Beach executive financial services office of Chase H&Q was opened in February 1997. It is a division of Chase Global Private Bank, which holds $170 billion of client assets.

ABN Amro Information Technology Services Co. in Chicago promoted three officers to corporate executive vice president: executive vice president Louis F. Rosenthal of the North American domestic applications group and group senior vice presidents Bruce A. Jacobs of the technology infrastructure operations group and John M. Colman of the information technology systems development group.Mr. Rosenthal, 44, started at EAB, a subsidiary of ABN Amro, in 1985 as a manager in the real estate lending and residential mortgage operation divisions. Previously he worked at Bank of New York for seven years. He now is to work in the company's New York and Chicago offices.

Mr. Jacobs, 45, was the principal for information technology consulting at Ernst & Young in Indianapolis, where he had worked seven years. He joined ABN Amro in 1995 as a senior vice president. Before that he was the marketing branch support manager at IBM Corp., also in Indianapolis, where he worked 11 years. He is to work in the Chicago office.

Mr. Colman, 44, joined ABN Amro as a vice president in the information technology development office in 1987. Before that he was an account manager at Management Technologies Inc. in New York, where he worked for three years, and a senior consultant for customer service at BIS Banking Systems Inc. in London and New York, where he worked for 10 years. He also is to work in Chicago.

All three report to Sam Halim, president and chief information officer of the Information Technology Services Co.

ABN Amro has $167 billion of assets in North America.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania appointed Franklin Allen and Richard Herring co-directors of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center, succeeding Anthony M. Santomero, who was named president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.Mr. Allen was a vice dean and director of Wharton doctoral programs. He has been a faculty member for 20 years.

Mr. Walton was a vice dean and director of the Wharton undergraduate division. He has been a faculty member since 1972.

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