In what may be its most visible gain so far from the merger of two big rivals, Washington Mutual Inc. has hired a former West One Bancorp executive to play a key management role in its new commercial banking unit.

Sally Jewell, who was president of West One's Washington bank subsidiary, became executive vice president of commercial banking for Seattle-based Washington Mutual in late January. The month before, West One had merged with U.S. Bancorp.

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