Executive Management

Thomas J. Kemly, President and Chief Executive Officer

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Thomas J. Kemly was appointed President and CEO of Columbia Bank in 2012. He has since led the Bank on a steady growth trajectory by spearheading organic growth, Columbia Financial, Inc.’s IPO and strategic acquisitions. With over 40 years of experience, Mr. Kemly has been an active and influential figure in banking. Most recently, Kemly was elected to the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York’s Board of Directors and was named to the Power 100 List by NJBIZ, a statewide business publication. Throughout his career he has worked to advance housing opportunities for families of all incomes, accelerate local community development and increase charitable giving efforts. Kemly pioneered the Bank’s “Team Columbia” initiatives, where the Bank encourages employees to volunteer at local organizations and participate in meaningful community events. In conjunction with Columbia Bank’s IPO in 2018, he grew the Columbia Bank Foundation to one of the largest private giving Foundations in the state of New Jersey.

Kemly began his Columbia Bank career in 1981 and has held a number of positions, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, before becoming President of the Bank.

E. Thomas Allen, Jr., Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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Mr. Allen joined Columbia Bank in 1994 as a Financial Planning and Analysis Manager. He has also held various positions within the finance department, including Treasurer, Vice President and Treasurer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer, and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. He was appointed Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer in 2015.

Prior to joining Columbia Bank, Mr. Allen served as a Financial Analyst for Irving Trust, Vice President of Finance for Lincoln Federal Savings Bank, and Senior Vice President and Treasurer for Crestmont Federal Savings Bank.

Mr. Allen also serves as a Director of the Columbia Bank Foundation, a member of the New Jersey Bankers Association, the Financial Managers Society of New York and New Jersey, and regularly volunteers his time in support of the Patriots Path Council, as an Executive Board member.

Mr. Allen earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Banking from the University of Missouri and an MBA in Financial Management from Pace University.

Damodaram Bashyam, Executive Vice President and Chief Information And Digital Officer

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Mr. Bashyam, a senior information technology executive with more than 23 years of experience, joined Columbia Bank in 2019 as Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer responsible for leading the bank’s efforts to further enhance its technology and digital banking strategies.

Prior to joining Columbia Bank, Mr. Bashyam served as a Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer at JP Morgan Chase for their Consumer Banking business and previously held leadership positions with Verizon.

Mr. Bashyam earned an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering, an MS degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Bashyam serves on the Board of Directors at Goodwill Industries of New York and Northern New Jersey.

Dennis E. Gibney, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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Mr. Gibney joined Columbia Bank in 2014 as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Columbia Bank, Mr. Gibney served as Principal at FinPro Capital Advisors, Inc., an investment banking and consulting firm specializing in the financial services industry.

Mr. Gibney graduated Magna Cum Laude from Babson College with a triple major in Finance, Investments and Economics. He has also earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Geri M. Kelly, Executive Vice President and Human Resources Officer

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Ms. Kelly joined Columbia Bank in 1979. She has held various positions within the Human Resources Department, including Human Resources Officer, Vice President, Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President, Human Resources Officer. She was appointed Executive Vice President, Human Resources Officer in 2012.

Ms. Kelly serves as the Chair of the Human Resources Committee of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, former Chair of the Human Resources Committee and Women in Banking Committee of the New Jersey Bankers Association, Board Member of the Center for Financial Training and member of the Executive Leadership Committee of the March of Dimes.

Ms. Kelly earned a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages from Douglass College and an MBA in Business Administration from Rutgers University. She also graduated with Honors from the National School of Banking in Fairfield, Connecticut.

John Klimowich, Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer

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Mr. Klimowich joined Columbia Bank in 1985 as a Junior Accountant. He has also held various positions within the accounting department, including as Senior Accountant, Accounting Manager, Assistant Controller and Senior Vice President, Controller. He was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer in 2013.

Mr. Klimowich serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Fair Lawn’s All-Sports Program and is a volunteer Coordinator with Fair Lawn’s Youth Baseball Program. He previously served as a member of the National Financial Institutions Accounting Council (FIAC), as a National Board Member of the Financial Manager’s Society (FMS) and as Past President of the New York/New Jersey FMS Chapter.

Mr. Klimowich earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from William Paterson University and an MBA in Accounting from Seton Hall University.

Mark S. Krukar, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

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Mr. Krukar joined Columbia Bank in 1987 as a Commercial Lending Officer. He has also held various positions within the lending division, including Vice President Commercial Lending and Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending Officer. He was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer in 2012 and Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer in 2019.

Mr. Krukar graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree and an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Oliver E. Lewis, Jr., Executive Vice President and Head Of Commercial Banking

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Oliver E. Lewis, Jr. was appointed EVP, Head of Commercial Banking of Columbia Bank in January 2021. Prior to joining Columbia Bank. Mr. Lewis served as an Executive Director for JPMorgan Chase from 2011 to March 2019, where he was a Commercial Bank Market Executive for Chase’s Commercial Bank Office in Central New Jersey and had direct responsibility for a team of bankers and associates with annual review of approximately $30 million. Mr. Lewis served in various other capacities with JPMorgan Chase from 1998 to 2011 and also served as an Assistant Vice President, Treasury Management with PNC Bank from 1994 to 1998. From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Lewis served as a Financial Services Officer in the United States Air Force, where he attained the rank of Captain. Mr. Lewis holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Brian W. Murphy, Executive Vice President and Operations Officer

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Mr. Murphy joined Columbia Bank in 1981 as a Management Trainee. Upon completion of the bank’s Management Training Program, he was promoted to Branch Manager. Mr. Murphy has also held various positions within the Retail division, including Branch Administrator and Senior Vice President, Branch Administration Officer. He was appointed Executive Vice President, Operations Officer in 2009.

Mr. Murphy serves as both Chairman of the Finance Committee for Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and Planning Board Chairman in the Township of Washington. He also is a past member of the Archdiocese of Newark School Board and a past Chairman of the North Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Murphy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from William Paterson University. He also graduated with Honors from the National School of Banking in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Allyson Schlesinger, Executive Vice President and Head Of Consumer Banking

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Ms. Schlesinger was appointed as Executive Vice President, Head of Consumer Banking in September of 2018. Ms. Schlesinger was previously with Citigroup, Inc. for 25 years, most recently as its Managing Director, U.S. Retail and Division Manager for Citi's New York City and New Jersey markets.

Presently, Ms. Schlesinger serves on both the corporate Advisory Board YWCA for the Boys and Girls Club of New Jersey as well as Seton Hall’s Customer Experience Program Advisory Board.

Ms. Schlesinger holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan.

Board of Directors

Noel R. Holland, Chairman Of The Board

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Mr. Holland served as a partner in the law firm of Andersen & Holland, located in Midland Park, New Jersey, from January 1976 until his retirement in March 2017. Mr. Holland’s expertise as a partner in a law firm and his involvement in business and civic organizations in the communities Columbia Bank serves provide the board of directors with valuable insight. Mr. Holland’s years of providing legal counsel and operating a law office position him well to continue to serve as a director of a public company.

Thomas J. Kemly

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Thomas J. Kemly was appointed President and CEO of Columbia Bank in 2012. He has since led the Bank on a steady growth trajectory by spearheading organic growth, Columbia Financial, Inc.’s IPO and strategic acquisitions. With over 40 years of experience, Mr. Kemly has been an active and influential figure in banking. Most recently, Kemly was elected to the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York’s Board of Directors and was named to the Power 100 List by NJBIZ, a statewide business publication. Throughout his career he has worked to advance housing opportunities for families of all incomes, accelerate local community development and increase charitable giving efforts. Kemly pioneered the Bank’s “Team Columbia” initiatives, where the Bank encourages employees to volunteer at local organizations and participate in meaningful community events. In conjunction with Columbia Bank’s IPO in 2018, he grew the Columbia Bank Foundation to one of the largest private giving Foundations in the state of New Jersey.

Kemly began his Columbia Bank career in 1981 and has held a number of positions, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, before becoming President of the Bank.

Frank Czerwinski

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Mr. Czerwinski served as Director of Real Estate Operations for Philip Morris Companies prior to his retirement. Mr. Czerwinski also served as Vice President of Real Estate Operations for the Olnick Organization and was responsible for overseeing all of the organization’s commercial activities. He has also developed and constructed a number of commercial properties in the New Jersey area. Mr. Czerwinski’s significant commercial real estate experience provides the board of directors with invaluable insight to the needs of the local communities that Columbia Bank serves.

James M. Kuiken

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Mr. Kuiken has served as the Director of Operations of Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., a company that develops, manufactures and supplies diagnostic and blood screening test products, since April 2014. Prior to that time, Mr. Kuiken served in various other capacities at Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.

Mr. Kuiken’s extensive experience with respect to operational matters at a large multinational corporation will provide the Board of Directors with valuable insight into the operational and business needs of the Company and the Bank.

Michael Massood, Jr.

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Mr. Massood has served as President of Massood & Company, P.A., CPAs, a certified public accounting firm, since 1981. As a certified professional accountant, Mr. Massood provides the board of directors with critical experience regarding accounting and financial matters. Mr. Massood’s extensive experience in the local banking industry and involvement in business and civic organizations in the communities Columbia Bank serves affords the board of directors valuable insight regarding the business and operation of Columbia Bank.

Elizabeth E. Randall

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Ms. Elizabeth E. Randall serves as a Commissioner of the Bergen County Improvement Authority and also currently serves as a member of the audit committee of the New Jersey Municipal Excess Liability Insurance Fund. From 2004 to 2006, Ms. Randall served on the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Prior to that, Ms. Randall served as the New Jersey Commissioner of Banking and Insurance. Ms. Randall also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bergen County YWCA. Ms. Randall’s service as an elected and appointed government official provides the board of directors with invaluable insight to the needs of the local communities that Columbia Bank serves.

Lucy Sorrentini

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Ms. Sorrentini has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Impact Consulting LLC, a consulting, coaching and training services company, since April 2015. From June 1998 through March 2015, Ms. Sorrentini served in various positions at Booz Allen Hamilton, including serving as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer from 2013 to 2015 and as Principal, Talent Acquisition & Resource Management from 2009 to 2013.

Ms. Sorrentini’s extensive experience with respect to human capital strategy, and human resources and diversity matters, will provide the Board of Directors with valuable insight into the operational and business needs of the Company and the Bank.

Robert Van Dyk

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Mr. Van Dyk has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Van Dyk Health Care, a health care services company, since July 1994 and the President and Chief Executive Officer of two other hospitals since 1980. He serves on many charitable and civic organizations, including colleges, universities, hospitals, religious organizations and foundations within the communities that Columbia Bank serves. In addition, Mr. Van Dyk has been actively involved in Washington, DC for the past 20 years, where he served as chairman of two separate national health care organizations. Mr. Van Dyk’s strong business background, as well as his experience and expertise with respect to regulated industries, provides the board of directors with invaluable insight to the needs of the local communities that Columbia Bank serves.

Paul Van Ostenbridge

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Mr. Van Ostenbridge served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Stewardship Financial Corporation and Atlantic Stewardship Bank from September 1984 until November 2019, when the corporation merged with Columbia Bank. He was instrumental in designing the former bank’s product and service portfolio, while serving on several committees across the business. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors at New Jersey Bankers and currently maintains involvement in several business and charitable organizations. Mr. Van Ostenbridge’s extensive banking experience within Columbia Bank’s New Jersey markets will help support the bank’s future expansion and community support initiatives.

Committee Composition