Columbia Bank has appointed Lisa Dow to the newly created position of chief risk officer and executive vice president.

“The Chief Risk Officer will play an instrumental role in building a comprehensive risk management process that positions Columbia for future growth,” said Columbia President and CEO Hadley Robbins. “Since joining Columbia in 2013 through our acquisition of West Coast Bank, Lisa has demonstrated excellent leadership skills and the ability to effectively work with all areas of our organization. Her strategic thinking, communication skills and decades of banking experience make her well suited to build, lead and manage an Enterprise Risk Management program for Columbia. On behalf of the executive team and Board, we congratulate her on her well-deserved promotion.”

Dow, who has 35 years of banking experience, had previously served as senior vice president and senior credit administrator at Columbia since 2013. Prior to joining Columbia Bank, she served as senior vice president, regional credit administrator and credit services manager for West Coast Bank for 14 years.

She holds an MBA in finance from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in economics and international business from the University of Puget Sound.