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Washington Federal Announces Board Chairman Appointment


Washington Federal, Inc. (NASDAQ:WAFD) today announced the completion
of its succession plan by appointing Thomas J. Kelley as Chairman of the
Board of Directors. Mr. Kelley has been serving on the Board as Vice
Chairman since March of this year. He also currently serves as Chair of
the Audit Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee and the
Nominating & Governance Committee. Kelley has been a member of the Board
of Directors since 2005.

As announced in March of this year, Mr. Kelley's appointment coincides
with the planned retirement of Roy M. Whitehead from the role of
Chairman. He will retire from the Board on December 31, 2018. Mr.
Whitehead has been serving as Executive Chairman since April 1, 2017
when he retired as Chief Executive Officer of Washington Federal after
17 years. "Roy Whitehead has been an outstanding, highly respected
leader at Washington Federal and throughout the banking industry. His
years of successful stewardship have resulted in building one of the
strongest banks in America with a solid future," said Chairman Kelley.

President and Chief Executive Officer Brent Beardall echoes that praise
saying, "Mr. Whitehead is the finest banker I have ever known. He always
worked to put the well-being of the bank, its shareholders and employees
first. His goal was to leave the bank in a stronger position than he
found it when he arrived in 1998. Thanks to his efforts, today
Washington Federal is producing record operating results and has a
balance sheet that is well positioned for future growth."

Mr. Kelley's career has been spent largely in public accounting,
centered on audit and consulting engagements with financial services
firms. From 1997 to 2002, he was a managing partner of Arthur Andersen,
overseeing nine offices in Eastern Europe. After retiring from public
accounting, he taught in the Accounting department at Seattle University
from 2002 to 2012.

Washington Federal, Inc. is the parent company of Washington Federal
N.A., a national bank that provides consumer and commercial deposit
accounts, financing for small to middle market businesses, commercial
and residential real estate, including consumer mortgages, home equity
lines of credit and insurance products through a subsidiary. Established
in 1917, the company operates 236 branches in Washington, Oregon, Idaho,
Utah, Arizona, Texas, Nevada and New Mexico. It has been publicly traded
since 1982.

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