Columbia Bank has new head of commercial banking

Columbia Financial Inc. announced this week that it has named a new head of commercial banking for its subsidiary, Columbia Bank.

The Fair Lawn-based holding company said in a news release that Joseph F. Dempsey has been named executive vice president as well as head of commercial banking, responsible for the bank’s commercial lending functions.

“With over 35 years in the industry, Mr. Dempsey is a highly experienced professional who we believe will add enormous value to the growth of our bank,” CEO and President Thomas J. Kemly said in a prepared statement. “His extensive knowledge of the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania markets is important to the expansion of our services.”

Dempsey has been involved in the New Jersey market for some time, most recently serving as senior regional commercial credit officer for Capital One, handling middle market lending activities in New Jersey, New York, Long Island and Pennsylvania. And prior to that, he was New Jersey market president and chair of the market leadership team at JPMorgan Chase.