HomeStreet in Seattle has hired Melba Bartels as chief financial officer, filling a position that has been vacant since March 2012.

The $4.6 billion-asset HomeStreet's previous CFO, David Hooston, left in 2012 shortly after the company went public. At the time HomeStreet Chief Executive Mark Mason decided to divide the CFO position between the positions of chief accounting officer and chief investment officer, a spokeswoman said.

Cory Stewart, HomeStreet's chief accounting officer, had been designated as HomeStreet's principal financial officer and principal accounting officer. Bartels will replace Stewart in those two roles. Stewart will leave the company on June 19 to pursue other opportunities, the spokeswoman said.

Bartels will become CFO effective Aug. 3. She previously worked as the CFO of auto and student lending at JPMorgan Chase. She also previously worked for Washington Mutual.

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