Roy Whitehead

Chairman, CEO, and President at Washington Federal Inc

Roy M. Whitehead is the Chairman, President & CEO of Washington Federal, (NASDAQ: WAFD), a regional bank headquartered in Seattle.  He joined the company in 1998 and has been the CEO since 2000.  Prior to joining Washington Federal, he worked as President of Wells Fargo Bank of Colorado from 1993 to 1998.  Earlier experience includes serving as Tampa Bay Area President for First Union Corporation and thirteen years in Dallas, Texas with Texas American Bankshares and the Federal Reserve.


In addition to Year Up, current board positions include the United Way of King County, the Downtown Seattle Association, Washington Bankers Association, and the Washington Roundtable.  He is also the Chairman of the Seattle Community Development Roundtable.  In 2004, he was appointed By Chairman Alan Greenspan to serve a two year term as a member of the industry advisory council to the Federal Reserve Board, and in 2006 he was appointed by Chairman Ben Bernanke to serve as the council’s President.


Along with his wife, he founded Parker’s Fund, a foundation that provides scholarships for advanced teacher education. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU.

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