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Walla Walla – Mark Kajita has been named Chief Executive Officer at Baker Boyer as Megan Clubb announces her retirement effective January 1, 2016. The bank’s board of directors took the action at their September meeting. Kajita was previously elected to the bank’s twelve member board of directors in the spring.  Clubb will retain her title as chairman of the board.

Megan F. Clubb, announced her plans of retirement from Baker Boyer as of December 31, 2015. She will continue to serve as Chairman of the Baker Boyer Bancorp Board of Directors. Megan has been with the bank for 25 years and was named president in 2000 and CEO in 2002 until handing over the presidency to Mark Kajita January 2014.

“Mark has proven himself as a thoughtful leader of this company. It is with great confidence and appreciation of his efforts that the board has promoted Mark Kajita to President and CEO. The Baker Boyer family has rallied around this decision. We all look forward to working with Mark to keep Baker Boyer a great place to work and to do business for generations to come. While I am looking forward to new challenges, I feel very fortunate to have been able to spend so many years working with our customers, employees, shareholders and community.  We live in a very unique region,” said Megan Clubb, current Baker Boyer CEO.

“Megan is a really tough act to follow. Throughout her career she has redefined what a community bank CAN do to help grow, strengthen and protect the family legacies of all of its customers. She continues to astound me with her energy and passion for Baker Boyer,” said Mark Kajita, Baker Boyer president and future CEO.

A lifelong resident of Walla Walla, Mark graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1987 and earned his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

Mark Kajita has over 20 years of experience as a licensed C.P.A. beginning with the international accounting firm of Ernst and Young in Seattle. Upon his return to Walla Walla he continued to assist clients with services in the fields of business advising, financial planning, charitable gifting, family wealth distribution, and trust and estate planning. Mark has been employed at Baker Boyer since 2003. In January of 2014 Mark became the President of Baker Boyer.

Mark is very active in our community.  He currently serves on the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation and the Board of Overseers for Whitman College. In the past Mark has served on the Walla Walla Housing Authority Board as well as the Spokane Episcopal Diocese Foundation.