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Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Melanie J. Dressel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Banking System, Inc. and Columbia Bank, was awarded a 2013 Executive Excellence Award by
Seattle Business magazine in the CEO of the Year category. The tribute was presented at the magazine's inaugural Executive Excellence Award dinner in
January 31, 2013.
Honoring executives in
Washington State who foster leadership in the workplace, the Executive Excellence Award recipients have demonstrated exceptional leadership, execution and communication, inspiring employees to put their best efforts into their work. In addition to
Columbia's performance and growth under Ms. Dressel's leadership,
Seattle Business cited her focus on superior customer service and commitment to local communities.
Upon accepting the award, Ms. Dressel commented, "Any success I have achieved has been a direct result of those with whom I surround myself. I am so privileged to have the opportunity to lead our wonderful company."
Tacoma, Washington, Columbia Banking System, Inc. is the holding Company of Columbia State Bank, a
Washington state-chartered full-service commercial bank. For the sixth consecutive year, the bank was named in 2012 as one of
Puget Sound Business Journal's "
Washington's Best Workplaces."
Columbia Banking System has 99 banking offices, including 74 branches in
Washington State and 25 branches in
Oregon. Columbia Bank does business under the Bank of
Astoria name in
Oregon. More information about
Columbia can be found on its website at
Jo Anne Coy, Vice President,Corporate Communications253-305-1965;
SOURCE Columbia Banking System