Melanie Dressel named to Puget Sound Energy, Puget Energy boards

Bellevue, Wash., December 19, 2011 – Melanie J. Dressel, president and CEO of Tacoma-based Columbia Bank and its parent company, Columbia Banking System, Inc., has been appointed as a director on the boards of Puget Sound Energy and its parent company, Puget Energy.

Dressel joins Bill Ayer, chairman of the PSE and Puget Energy boards and chairman, president and CEO of Alaska Air Group; Herbert Simon, University of Washington regent and member of Tacoma investment firm Johnson Simon LLC; and Mary McWilliams, executive director of the Puget Sound Health Alliance, as local representatives of the Bellevue-based boards.

At Columbia Bank, Dressel is responsible for more than 100 branches in Washington and Oregon.

Dressel is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Political Science. Her community involvement includes ArtsFund, the Council for a Greater Tacoma, Washington Bankers Association, Washington Roundtable and Washington State Historical Society among many other civic, charitable and business organizations.

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