Form 8-K




Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):

October 25, 2017




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Washington   000-20288   91-1422237

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

1301 A Street

Tacoma, WA 98402

(Address of principal executive offices) (zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (253) 305-1900


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)



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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On October 25, 2017, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Columbia Banking System, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Eric S. Forrest to serve on the Board effective upon the consummation of the merger (the “First Merger”) of Coast Merger Sub, Inc., an Oregon corporation and a wholly wned subsidiary of the Company (“Merger Sub”), with and into Pacific Continental Corporation, an Oregon corporation (“Pacific Continental”), pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of January 9, 2017 (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among the Company, Pacific Continental and Merger Sub.

Mr. Forrest, who until his appointment to the Board will remain a director of Pacific Continental, was designated by the Company to serve on the Board until such time as a successor is duly elected and qualified or until the earlier resignation or removal. Mr. Forrest has been appointed to the Personnel and Compensation Committee of the Board. A copy of Columbia’s press release announcing the director appointment is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

Mr. Forrest has served as a Director of Pacific Continental and Pacific Continental Bank since June 2014. He was a founding member of Pepsi Northwest Bottlers and previously served on its Board of Directors. Mr. Forrest chairs the Oregon Beverage Recycling Board, which he also co-founded, and is a member of the Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Association Board of Directors. Mr. Forrest holds a B.S. from Oregon State University in Organizational Communication and an MBA from Willamette University’s Atkinson School of Management.

Compensatory arrangements for Mr. Forrest will be consistent with Columbia’s previously disclosed standard arrangements for non-employee directors. Such arrangements are described in Columbia’s proxy statement for its 2017 annual meeting filed on April 13, 2017, which descriptions are incorporated herein by reference.

Item 8.01. Other Events

The information set forth under Item 5.02 is incorporated into this Item 8.01 by reference.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits.


99.1 Press Release issued October 31, 2017.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Dated: October 31, 2017


/s/ Hadley S. Robbins


Hadley S. Robbins

President and Chief Executive Officer