Columbia Bank hires former Peoples United Bank tech officer as CIO

Manesh Prabhu will be Information Systems and Digital Banking

Columbia Bank on Wednesday said Manesh Prabhu has been hired by the Fair Lawn-based institution as its new executive vice president, chief information officer, effective immediately. In his role, Prabhu is responsible for information systems and digital banking.

Prabhu has over 20 years of experience at leading institutions, including Peoples United Bank. Most recently, he held the title of chief technology officer, where he led the information technology 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 preeminent 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,” Thomas Kemly, CEO and president of Columbia Bank said.