Washington Mutual has named Michael S. Solender chief legal officer and executive vice president. He'll oversee legal, compliance and government...

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SEATTLE — Washington Mutual has named Michael S. Solender chief legal officer and executive vice president.

He’ll oversee legal, compliance and government relations functions for the Seattle bank, the nation’s largest savings and loan.

Solender has been general counsel for The Bear Stearns Companies. He succeeds Stewart M. Landefeld who is returning to private practice.

WaMu announced the appointment in a statement Wednesday.