Washington Mutual taps Macrie to become its comms leader

SEATTLE: Sari Macrie has joined Washington Mutual as SVP of corporate communications. She replaces Bill Ehrlich, who left in July 2004 and is currently working as a consultant.

SEATTLE: Sari Macrie has joined Washington Mutual as SVP of corporate communications. She replaces Bill Ehrlich, who left in July 2004 and is currently working as a consultant.

Macrie joins from Cardinal Heath, where she was SVP of corporate communications. She previously ran her own communications consultancy, and has worked for Ameritech. She will report to J. Benson Porter, EVP and chief administrative officer.

Macrie was not available for comment.

The $15.9 billion banking and financial services company is one of the nation's largest thrift - or savings and loan - institutions.

Washington Mutual bought San Francisco-based credit card company Providian Financial in October.

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