CB Appoints Scott Newman as General Auditor

Columbia Bank Appoints Scott S. Newman as Senior Vice President and General Auditor

Columbia Bank announces the appointment of Scott S. Newman as senior vice president and general auditor. He will be responsible for overseeing and providing direction over the bank’s internal audit and loan review functions and reports directly to Columbia Bank’s CEO Melanie Dressel as well as the Company’s Board.  Scott specializes in internal audit, enterprise risk management and ethics.

Upon launching his career in banking at Pacific First Bank, Scott has spent the entirety of his career with esteemed organizations such as Safeco Insurance, Russell Investments and PEMCO Insurance.

 “Scott is a proven leader who is passionately focused on equally supporting best practices in business operations and customer service. He is community-driven, and has an impressive background with some of the most respected organizations within our region,” said Melanie Dressel, president and CEO of Columbia Bank and Columbia Banking System, Inc.  “We are confident Scott will work with the team to further our organization’s mission to be the premier community bank in every market we serve.”

Scott graduated Cum Laude from Central Washington University with a B.A. in economics as well as a B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in finance.  He also holds several professional certifications including the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Deeply-rooted in the community, Scott has served as an advisor and judge for Washington Business Week, as well as a former board member for the Providence Hospice Foundation of Seattle.

“Columbia Bank’s commitment to community was one of the key elements that attracted me to the Bank,” said Scott. “I am passionate about supporting businesses, and helping clients evaluate and develop workable risk management systems for their business. I am looking forward to adding value to this great company.”

Scott also serves on the board of the Puget Sound Chapter of ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) and is a member of the Puget Sound Chapter of the IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors) as well as the Risk Management Society (RIMS).