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Columbia Bank Promotes Kojo-Darko Nanakoufie to Chief Information Security Officer

April 26, 2021

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Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, is pleased to announce that Kojo-Darko Nanakoufie has been appointed to Chief Information Security Officer within the Risk Management department. In his new role, Mr. Nanakoufie will serve as the compliance officer and subject matter expert for the Bank’s information security and cybersecurity programs. Additionally, Mr. Nanakoufie will manage the Bank’s Incident Response Team and be responsible for increasing cybersecurity awareness throughout the Bank.

“Since joining Columbia Bank in September 2018 as a  Senior Network Security Engineer, Kojo-Darko has shown tremendous leadership in our security function,” said Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “His extensive expertise will allow us to expand our ongoing commitment to keeping our customers’ information secure while addressing the ever-changing technology needs and cybersecurity requirements. We look to Kojo-Darko leading the effort in these vital areas.”

Before joining the Bank, Mr. Nanakoufie had over 12 years of experience in information security, working most recently for S&P Global as a Global Information Security Manager and Senior Information Security Engineer for New York State Teachers’ Retirement System.

Mr. Nanakoufie is certified in information security, Cybersecurity, data privacy, IT service management, and ethical hacking.

Mr. Nanakoufie obtained a technical degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from Ho Technical University in Ghana. Additionally, he also obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity from St. John’s University and currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity from New York University on academic scholarships. Mr. Nanakoufie is an active member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) trade organization, and the National Association of Black Engineers.

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