Dressel Receives Executive Excellence Award

Melanie J. Dressel Receives 2013 Executive Excellence CEO of the Year Award from Seattle Business Magazine

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 Seattle on 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.”