Washington Mutual Inc., Seattle, has promoted Robert J. Flowers to president of community investment and development, based in Los Angeles.

Mr. Flowers is to be the company's primary liaison with key clients in California, Texas, and Florida. He was senior vice president of the corporate affairs division. He will also oversee a staff responsible for community outreach and the lending program for affordable multifamily housing.

Mr. Flowers joined Washington Mutual in 1970 as a loan representative and later was vice president and then senior vice president of commercial real estate and manager of community and consumer affairs.

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