Columbia Bank hires new general counsel, appoints two new directors

Columbia Banking System this week announced the addition of three new persons joining the company in leadership positions.

Before joining Columbia, Baruffi was a shareholder and member of the board at Seattle law firm Graham and Dunn focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and regulatory compliance, according to a Columbia release.

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Tokyo, Baruffi graduated from Wellesley College and attended Boston University School of Law.

The appointments of Eerkes and Finkelstein are being made in anticipation of the departure of Columbia directors who are reaching retirement age and whose terms will expire next spring.