Hanmi Financial Corp. Announces Appointment of Harry Chung and Michael Yang to Its Board of Directors

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hanmi Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:HAFC) (“Hanmi”), the holding company for Hanmi Bank (the “Bank”), today announced that Harry Chung and Michael Yang were appointed to its Board of Directors, effective February 2, 2016.

“I am delighted to welcome Harry Chung and Michael Yang to our Board of Directors,” said Hanmi’s Chairman, Joseph K. Rho. “Harry’s extensive industry experience in financial services coupled with Michael’s background as a successful entrepreneur and business leader will provide valuable insight to Hanmi. On behalf of my fellow Board members, we look forward to working with both Harry and Michael by leveraging their knowledge to help Hanmi achieve the next level of growth and profitability.”

Mr. Chung brings nearly 25 years of experience in capital markets and financial services. He currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Breakwater Investment Management, a private investment firm based in Los Angeles, California specializing in direct debt and equity investments in leading lower middle market growth companies. Prior to his current role, Mr. Chung served as the Chief Financial Officer of Imperial Capital, a full-service investment bank offering comprehensive services to institutional investors and middle market companies. Before this, Mr. Chung held numerous leadership positions at Jefferies and Company, Inc., a global investment bank. Mr. Chung earned his B.S. in accounting from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Mr. Yang has more than 30 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and corporate executive. He is currently the Founder and CEO of MSY LLC, a private investment company with holdings in real estate and equites. Prior to this, Mr. Yang was Co-founder and CEO of three technology start-ups, which were sold to larger enterprises at significant premiums, including mySimon, Inc. which was acquired by CNET. Mr. Yang began his career at Xerox Corporation and Samsung Electronics, Co. Ltd., where he held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, marketing and corporate development. Mr. Yang earned his B.S. in electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, his M.S. in computer science at Columbia University and his MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

About Hanmi Financial Corporation
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Hanmi Financial Corporation owns Hanmi Bank, which serves multi-ethnic communities through its network of 42 full-service branches and 6 loan production offices in California, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Washington and Georgia. Hanmi Bank specializes in real estate, commercial, SBA and trade finance lending to small and middle market businesses. Additional information is available at www.hanmi.com.

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Source:Hanmi Bank