After just 18 months as a top Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. official, William A. Longbrake is returning to his job as chief financial officer at Washington Mutual Inc.

The CFO position at the Seattle thrift company came open suddenly in mid-August, when Thomas J. Kappock gave notice he would join Visa International as a group executive vice president. Mr. Kappock became the $22 billion-asset thrift's CFO last year when Mr. Longbrake left to become one of FDIC Chairman Ricki Helfer's three deputies.

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