The Bank Slate


WaFd CEO set to return to work following plane crash

Brent Beardall is set to return to Washington Federal in Seattle just weeks after surviving a plane crash in Utah.

The $21.7 billion-asset company said in a press release that Beardall, its president and CEO, expects to be discharged from the hospital on Feb. 10 and return to full-time duty three days later.

Beardall is currently undergoing extensive physical therapy at the Rehabilitation Hospital at the University of Utah Health.

“I’m feeling stronger every day, lifted by so much love and support I’ve received over the last few weeks,” Beardall said in the release. “I feel incredibly blessed to be on the mend so quickly and to work with an exceptional team of bankers who have stepped up and done an outstanding job running the bank during my recovery.”

Cathy Cooper, the company’s chief consumer banker, has been overseeing day-to-day operations during Beardall’s recovery.

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