LOS ANGELES, June 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hanmi Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:HAFC) ("Hanmi"), the holding company for Hanmi Bank (the "Bank"), today announced that Chong Guk (C. G.) Kum is joining Hanmi and the Bank as their new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kum's appointment follows the retirement of Jay S. Yoo. Mr. Yoo had served as Hanmi's President and Chief Executive Officer since 2008. Mr. Kum was formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer of First California Financial Group, Inc., the holding company of First California Bank.
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"On behalf of the board of directors, we are delighted to welcome C. G. Kum to take over the leadership of our company," said Joseph K. Rho, Chairman of the Board. "Mr. Kum is a well-respected banking executive in the financial community, and we believe his knowledge and exceptional experience in banking and finance will help us grow and transform our company and the Korean American banking space in the coming years."
"Jay S. Yoo has served as our leader for the last five years, and we have benefitted greatly from his guidance and expertise," Mr. Rho continued. "Among other accomplishments, he collaborated on two important capital raises and our successful turnaround process, which included the lifting of all regulatory actions. We sincerely thank him for his service and wish him a long and enjoyable retirement."
Prior to joining Hanmi and the Bank, Mr. Kum was the President and Chief Executive Officer of First California Financial Group, Inc. since 2007. He also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of First California Bank (formerly known as Camarillo Community Bank) since 1999. Under his leadership, First California Bank grew from 2 branches and total assets of $100 million to 19 branches and $2.0 billion in total assets. Prior to that, Mr. Kum held management positions with banks in Colorado and California.
Mr. Kum currently serves on the government relations council for the American Bankers Association and is a board member of the California Bankers Association and the Ventura County Council Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Kum is also a past president of the Board of Directors of Community Bankers of California. Mr. Kum is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
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 a loan production office in 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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