Columbia Bank’s nationwide search for a new CEO led right back to one of its own.

Hadley Robbins, who has been serving as interim CEO since February after the untimely death of Melanie Dressel, was named the bank’s chief executive officer today, effective July 1. Robbins, formerly the bank’s chief operating officer and executive vice president, will also join its board of directors.

“After conducting a thorough search and interviewing many highly-qualified candidates, it was clear that Hadley is the best person to lead Columbia and was the Board's unanimous choice,” said William Weyerhaeuser, chairman of the board of Columbia.  “Hadley brings the perfect combination of 35 years of experience in community banking and an in-depth understanding of Columbia's operations and customer-facing business lines that he led as Chief Operating Officer since 2014. 

“He also reflects the best attributes of Columbia's culture: our commitment to our customers and our high ethical standards, our leadership in the communities we serve, and a dedication to maintaining an outstanding workplace for all our employees,” continued Weyerhaeuser.

Robbins’ experience in banking includes executive or senior management positions with West Coast Bancorp, Wells Fargo Bank, Pacific Northwest Bank, Bank of the Northwest and First Interstate Bank.  He holds an MBA from the University of Oregon and a BS in Business Administration from Lewis and Clark College.

“I am deeply honored by the Board's confidence in me,” said Robbins, “and I look forward to executing the strategic initiatives that have positioned Columbia to emerge as the leading community bank in the Pacific Northwest.  We have a talented and experienced team throughout our organization, and together we will continue our focus on creating value for all our stakeholders while fulfilling Melanie Dressel's enduring legacy.”