Columbia Banking System, Inc, announced that Kumi Yamamoto Baruffi has been appointed Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the company and its subsidiary Columbia State Bank. In this role, Ms. Baruffi will report to President/CEO Melanie J. Dressel and work as part of Columbia’s executive management team in overseeing Columbia’s legal services, including providing legal support for the company’s board of directors and legal oversight of corporate and regulatory matters.
Ms. Dressel commented, “While in private practice, Kumi assisted us for over a decade with state and federal regulatory matters, as well as merger and acquisition activities and corporate transactions. We are delighted she is joining our executive team, bringing with her a wealth of broad-based legal experience in the financial services industry.”
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.
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