Hadley Robbins was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Columbia Bank and Columbia Banking System, Inc. on March 1, 2014. He directs the majority of the bank’s customer-facing business lines, which include Commercial Banking, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, as well as other supporting functions
Mr. Robbins joined Columbia on April 1, 2013 as Senior Vice President and Oregon Group Manager with the merger of West Coast Bancorp, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer since 2007. His experience spans over 35 years and includes a variety of executive positions with 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.
He is currently serving on the board for the Freshwater Trust and on the Oregon Bankers Association board of directors. His past activities have included the Downtown Portland Rotary Club and the Portland Crime Commission.
Kumi Yamamoto Baruffi joined Columbia Banking System and Columbia Bank in September 2014 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Ms. Baruffi oversees Columbia’s legal services, including providing legal support for the company’s board of directors, and legal oversight of corporate and regulatory matters.
Prior to joining Columbia, Ms. Baruffi was a shareholder and member of Graham & Dunn, PC’s board of directors and financial services team, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and regulatory compliance.
She holds a law degree from Boston University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Ms. Baruffi speaks English, Japanese and French. She has served on the board of directors for the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce and in 2014 was named one of “Washington’s Super Lawyers” in Banking.
Ms. Lantow is currently the Chief Administrative Officer at New Seasons Market, LLC and has been since July of 2012. Previously, she was the CFO at McCormick & Schmick’s, Portland, Oregon, from January 2010 to January 2012 and was responsible for all financial reporting, SEC filings, cash management, accounting, human resources and information technology functions. She was the President of lucy activewear Inc., Portland Oregon, from November 2007 to November 2009 and was responsible for all product design, store & web operations, marketing, merchandising and administrative functions. From October 2000 to November 2007, Ms. Lantow was Chief Financial Officer of lucy activeware Inc. with the responsibility for all financial reporting, cash management, accounting, human resources and information technology functions.
Through Mae’s consulting business Numata Consulting PLLC, she is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Schnitzer Investment Corp., a family-owned investment business in Portland, Oregon. Mae is a former partner with a national consulting firm, a former Chief Financial Officer in the media industry of 11 years, and a former banker of 24 years. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Washington CFO Roundtable and the National Institute of Investor Relations. She graduated from the University of Washington and holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She is also a graduate of the Executive Development Institute.
Betsy Whitehead Seaton joined Columbia’s board of directors May 30, 2014. She is Senior Vice President Operations for Saltchuk Company, and has broad experience in business leadership, change management, strategic development, mergers and acquisitions, and enterprise risk management.
Ms. Seaton served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development for Weyerhaeuser Company from 2008 to 2014. Her career at Weyerhaeuser spanned over twenty years, and included leadership positions in strategic planning, corporate development and business leadership. She has also served as Principal and Consultant for Boston Consulting Group based in Chicago and Los Angeles, a global management consulting firm. Ms. Seaton is a graduate of Princeton University and earned an M.B.A. and a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago, and is a member of the California Bar.
Craig Eerkes joined Columbia’s board of directors on September 2, 2014. Mr. Eerkes
has an extensive financial background and broad experience in highly regulated industries, including his current position as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sun Pacific Energy, Inc. For fifteen years, he has served on the board of directors for WMI Insurance Company, a health and life insurance company serving seven states, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the chairman and a director of AmericanWest Bancorp, from 2004-2012, as well as a director of First Hawaiian Bank from 1996-1999. He was founder, director and chairman of American National Bank, N.A. of Kennewick, Washington from 1981-1996.
A resident of Kennewick, Washington with an office in western Washington, Mr. Eerkes holds a BA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He is a community leader in the Tri-Cities area of Eastern Washington, and is actively involved in the Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, Young Life, Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, United Way and many more. Mr. Eerkes was recently named “Tri-Citian of the Year” for 2014.
Mark A. Finkelstein joined Columbia’s board of directors on September 2, 2014. Mr. Finkelstein has extensive legal background and experience with financial services companies. He is currently Chief Legal and Administrative Officer for Blucora, Inc., overseeing the company’s legal, compliance and human resources departments. He served as Executive Vice President - Corporate Development and General Counsel of Emeritus Corporation from December 2011 through July 2014, and as that company’s Corporate Secretary from May 2012 through July 2014. Prior to joining Emeritus, he served as a strategy advisor for private investment management firms in the United States and Europe and as the chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Novellus Capital Management, a specialized asset management firm. From 1986 to 2006, he practiced law with the Seattle law firm of Graham & Dunn, P.C., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, complex financing strategies and other corporate transactions involving financial institutions and other companies.
A resident of Seattle, Washington, Mr. Finkelstein earned a B.A. in Economics with High Honors from The University of Michigan, and holds a law degree from The University of Michigan Law School. In 2013, he was selected by The Legal 500 as one of the top corporate legal advisors in the United States. Mr. Finkelstein is also a member of the Audit and Corporate Responsibility Committee of the Board of Trustees for Seattle Children’s Hospital.