WaFd Bank Leadership Team
Executive Management Committee
Board of Directors
Stephen M. Graham joined the WaFd Bank Board of Directors in April 2019 and was appointed Chairman of the Board in January 2022. As Managing Partner of Fenwick & West LLP in Seattle, former Partner at Orrick and Perkins Coie, and a graduate of Yale Law School, Mr. Graham brings over forty years of experience representing public and private corporations in mergers, acquisitions, and strategic planning. Mr. Graham served for six years as a co-chair of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies and is currently serving on the Board of Directors at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Brent Beardall is the President & Chief Executive Officer of WaFd Bank. Mr. Beardall joined WaFd Bank in 2001 as Vice President & Controller. In 2003, he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer, a position he served in for eleven years prior to being assigned to his current role with responsibility for all client-facing activities of the bank. He was awarded the title of President in 2016. On April 1, 2017, he became only the sixth CEO in the bank's 100 year history. In January 2022, Mr. Beardall was appointed Vice Chairman of the Board.
David Grant joined the WaFd Bank board of directors in September of 2012. Grant is the Managing Partner of Catalyst Storage Partners, a privately-held international firm specializing in self-storage development, investment and consulting. Prior to forming Catalyst, Grant spent 20 years with Shurgard Storage Centers, an NYSE-traded Real Estate Investment Trust that owned and operated a portfolio of over 600 properties. Grant began his career as a Certified Public Accountant in 1975 with Touche Ross & Co, where he worked until joining Shurgard in 1985.
Mark N. Tabbutt has been Chairman of Saltchuk since October 2008. Saltchuk is a Seattle‐based family of transportation and distribution companies focused on North America and is one of the largest privately held companies in the State of Washington. Mr. Tabbutt has experience in acquisitions, strategic planning, financing, capital allocation and managing a diversified group of companies. Mr. Tabbutt joined the WaFd Bank board in March of 2011. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Seattle YMCA.
Randall H. Talbot, a WaFd Bank Director since July, 2012, has been the Managing Director of Talbot Financial LLC, an investment advisory firm, since 2010. Mr. Talbot served as Director, CEO and President of Symetra Financial Corporation from 2004 to June, 2010, and as Director of Concur Technologies, Inc. from March 2008 to November 2014. Mr. Talbot joined the former parent of Symetra Financial Corporation, Safeco Corporation, in 1998 and from 1998 to 2004 served as President of Safeco Life Insurance Company.
Steve Singh, who joined the WaFd Bank board of directors in August, 2018, is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board at Docker, an innovative cloud technology company based in San Francisco. Mr. Singh is best known as the CEO and Co-Founder of Concur Technologies, a Bellevue, Washington based travel and expense management company. He built Concur into an enterprise success over the course of 20 years before selling to SAP in 2014. Singh is also Executive Chairman of Center, a financial software company. Singh holds various leadership roles in other technology companies and community organizations.
Linda Brower is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer at WaFd Bank from 2003 until her retirement in 2016. Her extensive banking career spans four decades including past leadership roles at Bank of America and US Bank.
Sylvia Hampel is a business owner and consultant who opened her own cleaning service in 1995 and grew it into one of the largest women-owned businesses in Idaho. Her company, Clearview Cleaning, expanded to over 450 custodial teams operating throughout Idaho and three other western states before selling the company to facility services giant KBS. Sylvia is a licensed real estate broker and owns her own real estate development company.
Managing Principal of Oglethorpe Capital LLC. Through Oglethorpe, Sean works to develop the next phase of disruptive technologies in Aerospace & Defense (A&D), Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) and Next Generation Energy (NGE). He is an advisor to cutting edge firms, backed by some of the world's most respected venture firms. Prior to founding Oglethorpe, Sean gained his corporate finance and capital markets experience at J.P. Morgan Chase. He is also a former Air Force Officer and DoD innovation executive.
Shawn Bice, a WaFd Bank Director since January 2021, is currently Corporate Vice President, Cloud Security, Microsoft. Shawn has been a technology executive for more than two decades. Most recently, as President of products and technology at Splunk, a cloud security and analytics company. Bice is also a former Amazon Web Services Vice President of Cloud Data Services (2016-2021). He started his career at Microsoft as an executive leading SQL Server and Azure Data, amongst other enterprise services (1997-2016). His two decades of experience in technology leadership roles will support the Board's efforts to adopt the latest technologies and secure the bank's digital transformation to best serve its clients.