Columbia Bank hires new EVP and CIO

Columbia Bank hires new EVP and CIO

Columbia Bank has appointed Manesh Prabhu as its new Executive Vice President and CIO.

The bank has more than 60 full-service branch networks spanning the state of New Jersey, and in his new role Prabhu is responsible for information systems and digital banking.

Prabhu has more than 20 years of experience at leading institutions including Peoples United Bank N.A. 

Most recently, he held the title of Chief Technology Officer where he led the IT strategy and technology transformation for the bank. Through his nearly 20-year tenure and senior leadership roles at People’s United, Prabhu led enterprise architecture, data architecture, IT governance, business intelligence, marketing analytics and data quality with a heavy focus on Digital Transformation.

“As Columbia Bank continues on its journey to be the pre-eminent Bank of New Jersey, leveraging and investing in technology plays a critical role in improving processes, expanding services and ultimately, giving our team more time to do what they do best – servicing our clients,” said Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank. 

Prabhu holds an MBA from Thiagarajar School of Management (TSM) – Madurai Kamaraj University in India and a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology (RIT) – Mahatma Gandhi University in India.

Prabhu currently resides in Orange, Connecticut, with his wife and two children.

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