Washington Mutual Inc. has hired a recently retired Bancorp Hawaii executive as chief financial officer, a post in which he will have significant influence now that the nation's fifth-largest thrift is striving to become more bank-like.

The 51-year-old banker, Thomas J. Kappock, had taken advantage of an early retirement program to step down as vice chairman of Bancorp Hawaii's lead bank on June 30. In that post, he had responsibility for acquisitions and retail banking activities.

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