Tacoma-based Columbia Bank recently announced it had appointed Aaron Deer as executive vice president and chief financial officer following a national search.

Aaron Deer. Photo courtesy of Columbia Bank.

“We are delighted to welcome Aaron to Columbia’s executive team,” President and CEO Clint Stein said in a statement. “Aaron has earned a reputation as an industry thought leader, particularly among West Coast banks. We look forward to combining his broad industry expertise with a detailed understanding of our business as we continue to sharpen strategies for improved operating leverage and continued growth.”

A banking industry veteran, Deer — who is filling a vacancy left by the February departure of former CFO Greg Sigrist — most recently worked as the managing director and senior research analyst for Piper Sandler. There, Deer’s purview included commercial banks and thrifts as well as the financing for enterprises that are backed by venture capital and private equity. Prior to Piper Sandler, Deer’s resume also includes a stint with RBC Capital Markets as well as a variety of positions at community banks.

“I am excited to join the Columbia Bank leadership team,” Deer said in a statement. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Clint and the team for more than a decade and I’ve always appreciated Columbia’s authentic culture and the strength of the brand. The team has built a solid foundation with tremendous potential and I look forward to contributing to the Bank’s continued growth and success.”