Fair Lawn, N.J. (April 11, 2003) - Columbia Bank announced that its chairman, Edward J. Kohere, has retired that post after eight years.

Kohere will continue to serve as a Director Emeritus, the bank said. During his tenure as Chairman, Columbia Bank embarked on a major branch expansion program, moved to a new headquarters on Route 208; and changed its name to reflect the Bank's increased focus towards commercial banking.

After serving as a CPA for 10 years at KPMG, Kohere joined Columbia as vice president and controller in 1964 and was appointed to the Bank's board of directors in 1978. He was later named executive vice president and chief administrative officer and became president and chief executive officer in 1989. Kohere retired as Columbia's President and CEO in 1994 and was appointed Chairman of the Board in 1995.

-- WebCPA staff

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