Fortune 50 financial HR expert Walden named new EVP, chief HR officer at Columbia Bank

Fair Lawn-based Columbia Bank on Thursday said that, effective immediately, Jenifer Walden is its new executive vice president and chief human resources officer. Walden succeeds Geri Kelly, who is retiring in September.

In her new role, Walden will be responsible for human resources and learning and development.

Walden has spent more than two decades at Fortune 50 financial services institutions, including Ernst & Young and Prudential, and more recently at three smaller entities, including a midcap bank, a technology startup and a global manufacturing company. She has enjoyed repeated success serving as a trusted business partner and change agent in the development and delivery of human resources strategies, along with organizational development initiatives, that build confidence and capability of leaders, strengthen employee relations and drive sustainable results.

Very active in the community, Walden, a lifetime Girl Scout, serves as the executive board chair of the Our Chalet Foundation, in Adelboden, Switzerland, and a member of the Friends of Our Chalet Committee in New York City, both integral to the first and oldest Girl Guide and Girl Scout World Center. She also is an advisory board member of St. Joseph’s University’s Erivan K. Haub School of Business and is an alumni volunteer for her alma mater, St. Lawrence University.