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Hanmi Bank Hires Seasoned Commercial Lenders; Anthony Kim, Peter Yang, Chris Cho and Jay Kim Join Hanmi's Senior Management Team

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hanmi Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hanmi Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:HAFC), today announced it has enhanced its marketing units as a part of its plan to continue growing its business. With the hiring of Chief Lending Officer, Chief Banking Officer and the creation of a Corporate Banking Center, Hanmi is expected to actively pursue growth in deposits and loans.

  • Anthony Kim joins Hanmi as its Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer;
  • Peter Yang joins the bank as Executive Vice President & Chief Banking Officer;
  • Chris Cho and Jay Kim are each appointed as Senior Vice President & Corporate Banking Managers, responsible for growing the Bank's commercial and industrial lending initiative.

"With Anthony Kim and Peter Yang leading the branch marketing efforts, I am confident we will become increasingly more effective and efficient in offering value added and competitive service to our customers," said C. G. Kum, President & CEO of Hanmi. "They will be responsible for overseeing the retail branches while strengthening the business branches through both actively managing and acquiring new businesses."

Additionally, the bank has created a Corporate Banking Center to strengthen its C&I lending activities, which will be led by Chris Cho and Jay Kim. Hanmi's Corporate Banking Center will handle all C&I loans, including corporate financing, corporate lines of credit and international trade financing. "Cho and Kim are leading experts in their field, and I'm confident that we will have one of the strongest and most knowledgeable C&I lending teams in the Korean-American community. Our efforts to improve loan growth will be fortified by increased marketing efforts," said Bonnie Lee, SEVP & Chief Operating Officer of Hanmi.

Anthony Kim and Peter Yang have each over 15 years of banking experience and are well-recognized executives in the Korean American banking industry with strong ties to the Korean American business community. Chris Cho and Jay Kim collectively bring over 27 years of C&I loan expertise to the bank, having worked at major financial institutions. Four officers were mostly recently with BBCN Bank.

About Hanmi Financial Corporation

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Hanmi Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hanmi Financial Corporation, provides services to the multi-ethnic communities of California, with 27 full-service offices in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Diego counties, and loan production offices in Texas and Washington State. Hanmi Bank specializes in commercial, SBA and trade finance lending, and is a recognized community leader. Hanmi Bank's mission is to provide a full range of quality products and premier services to its customers and to maximize stockholder value.

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CONTACT: Hanmi Financial Corporation Mark Yoon EVP & CFO 213-427-5636 Investor Relations Contact: The Cereghino Group 206-388-5788 www.stockvalues.comSource:Hanmi Bank