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Hope Bancorp Inc (HOPE.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Yoon-suk Whang

71 2017 Chairman of the Board

Kevin Kim

60 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank and Director

Alex Ko

50 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company and Bank

Lisa Pai

57 2016 Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel

David Malone

66 2017 Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of the Bank, Director

Daniel Kim

50 2017 Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Bank

David Kim

51 2017 Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Banking Officer of Bank

Kyu Kim

56 2017 Senior Executive Vice President, Regional President - Eastern Region

Peter Koh

40 2016 Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Bank

Janette Mah

57 2016 Executive Vice President and Chief Mortgage Banking Officer of Bank

David Song

53 2017 Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Bank

Brian Van Dyk

54 2011 Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Bank

Johann You

52 2014 Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of Bank

Alex Kim

51 2017 Senior Vice President, Chief Corporate Banking Officer

Jason Kim

50 2017 Chief Commercial Banking Officer of Bank

Steven Koh

71 2017 Director

Donald Byun

65 2016 Independent Director

Steven Didion

51 2016 Independent Director

Jinho Doo

62 2014 Independent Director

Daisy Ha

42 2016 Independent Director

Jin Chul Jhung

73 2011 Independent Director

Chung Hyun Lee

75 2011 Independent Director

William Lewis

73 Independent Director

John Taylor

64 2016 Independent Director

Dale Zuehls

66 2014 Independent Director

Angie Yang

Senior Vice President - Director of Investor Relations and Corporate

Biographies

Name Description

Yoon-suk Whang

Mr. Yoon-suk Whang re-designated as Chairman of the Board of the Company. He has been a director of Hope Bancorp, Inc. and Bank of Hope, formerly known as BBCN Bancorp and BBCN Bank, since 2007 and currently serves as the Lead Independent Director. Mr. Whang previously served in the capacities of Vice Chairman of the Company from May 2012 through June 2014 and Lead Independent Director from March 2013 to June 2014. He is a goal-oriented entrepreneur who started three successful companies over the past 20 years. Mr. Whang currently serves as President and CEO of Orange Circle Studios, a premier calendar publishing company that he founded in 2008. He has held various management positions with Daewoo Corporation, where he began his career in the early 1970s until he resigned from the position as President of the western division of Daewoo International (USA) in 1985. Mr. Whang founded Codra Enterprises in 1985, which provides new product development and manufacturing outsourcing services to the gift and stationery industry, and served as its Chairman until December 2007. From 1990 to 2006, he was the founder and CEO of Avalanche Publishing, Inc., one of the leading publishers of various gift and stationery products whose customers included big national retail channels such as Barnes & Noble and Borders Group, as well as office chain stores and specialty gift retailers. In 2006, Mr. Whang was chosen as entrepreneur of the year by the Korean American Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his success in the mainstream publishing industry and as an exemplary minority entrepreneur. Mr. Whang graduated from the College of Business Administration at Seoul National University with a B.A. in International Economy.

Kevin Kim

Mr. Kevin S. Kim serves as President, Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank and Director of the Company. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of BBCN Bancorp since March 2013 and of BBCN Bank since April 2014. He has been Chairman of the board of directors of BBCN Bancorp since May 2012 and served as Chairman of the board of directors of BBCN Bank from December 2011 through June 2014. Formerly a director of Center Financial Corporation and Center Bank from 2008 until the merger of equals with Nara Bancorp, Inc. and Nara Bank completed on November 30, 2011, Mr. Kim was the lead negotiator from Center resulting in the creation of BBCN. Prior to joining BBCN as the President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kim practiced law for 18 years, focusing on corporate and business transactions, business acquisitions, tax planning, and real estate transactions. Mr. Kim began his professional career as a Certified Public Accountant working for approximately 10 years at two of the largest public accounting firms. Mr. Kim serves on the boards of directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Greater Los Angeles. He received a B.A. degree with a major in English and a minor in International Trade from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea, an M.B.A. degree from the Anderson School of Management, the University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School in California. Mr. Kim is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking, University of Pennsylvania, and earned the Wharton Leadership Certificate from The Wharton School Aresty Institute of Executive Education.

Alex Ko

Mr. Alex Ko is appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company and Bank effective October 2, 2017. He was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bank of Hope effective May 1, 2017. Formerly, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Strategist and Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Bank of Hope, a position he was appointed to upon the merger of equals of BBCN Bank with Wilshire Bank effective July 29, 2016. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. and Wilshire Bank from April 2010 through July 2016, after having joined Wilshire in April 2008 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Ko completed a 12-year tenure with KPMG, LLP, where he focused primarily in the area of financial services. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea and his M.A. in Accounting from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Lisa Pai

Ms. Lisa Kim Pai is Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel of the Company. She was named Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Hope Bancorp, Inc. and Bank of Hope, formerly known as BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and BBCN Bank, upon the merger of equals with Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. and Wilshire Bank, respectively, effective July 29, 2016. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal & Human Resources Officer and Corporate Secretary of Wilshire Bancorp and Wilshire Bank from December 2012. Prior to joining Wilshire, Ms. Pai served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer at BBCN Bancorp after the merger of Nara Bancorp and Center Financial Corporation in 2011. She also served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer at Center Financial Corporation from 2007 to 2011. Before joining the banking industry in 1994, Ms. Pai practiced law at the law firm of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson and Bridges. She earned her B.A. in Economics from University of Chicago and her J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law.

David Malone

Mr. David P. Malone serves as Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of the Bank, Director of the Company. He was Independent Director of the Company. He has been a director of BBCN Bancorp and BBCN Bank since May 20, 2014 and was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Bank effective June 26, 2014. Under Mr. Malone’s leadership, Community Bank grew into one of the leading financial institutions in Southern California, with more than $3 billion in assets and 17 offices across five counties. While at Community Bank, Mr. Malone was responsible for transforming the company into a relationship-oriented community bank, developing a high performing sales culture, introducing new business lines, and expanding the bank’s geographical footprint. Mr. Malone’s efforts helped Community Bank achieve consistent profitability throughout the last recession, generate five consecutive years of balance sheet growth and post record profitability in his last two years as President and Chief Executive Officer. During his professional career, Mr. Malone also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for both Metrobank and Merchant Bank of California. He began his professional career as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen, where he later served as a Senior Manager, providing strategic and operational consulting services to financial institutions in the Western United States. Mr. Malone earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from California State University, Northridge.

Daniel Kim

Mr. Daniel Hyungjum Kim is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Bank, a subsidiary of the Company. He is responsible for all areas of corporate planning and oversight of the Bank’s marketing department. He joined Bank of Hope, formerly known as BBCN Bank, on November 25, 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Planning Officer. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of the former Saehan Bancorp, Inc. and Saehan Bank. Having joined Saehan in September 2003, Mr. Kim directly supervised and provided oversight of numerous departments within the organization, including accounting/investment, central operations administration, human resources, IT, compliance and BSA requirements. From May 1997 to August 2003, Mr. Kim served as First Vice President and Manager of the accounting, corporate planning and investment departments of the former Pacific Union Bank, during which time he successfully consummated that bank’s initial public offering. Mr. Kim began his banking career in June 1991 at the former Center Bank, where he last served as Assistant Vice President and Accounting/Investment Officer. Mr. Kim earned his B.A. in Economics/Business from the University of California, Los Angeles.

David Kim

Mr. David W. Kim serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Banking Officer of Bank, a subsidiary of the Company. He was Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Administrator and General Counsel of BBCN Bank., subsidiary of BBCN Bancorp Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry, he joined the Bank effective April 1, 2014 as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. Prior to BBCN, Mr. Kim joined United Central Bank in 2011 as part of a turnaround team, where he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Kim was Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Commonwealth Business Bank. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Wilshire State Bank from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Kim began his career in the Korean-American banking industry in 1995 at Hanmi Bank, where he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. Previously, Mr. Kim was with Chase Bank in New York and the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. Mr. Kim received a B.S. degree in economics and public policy from Indiana University and a J.D. degree from George Washington University Law School.

Kyu Kim

Ms. Kyu S. Kim is Senior Executive Vice President, Regional President - Eastern Region of the Company. She was Chief Operating Officer, Senior Executive Vice President of BBCN Bancorp Inc. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Banking Officer of BBCN Bank upon the merger of Nara Bank and Center Bank completed on November 30, 2011. Prior to the merger, Ms. Kim, who we credit with building former Nara Bank’s eastern region presence from the ground up, was the Executive Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager for Nara Bank from April 2008 through November 2011. Previously, she held the titles Senior Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager for Nara Bank from October 2005 through March 2008 and Deputy Regional Manager from July 2003 to September 2005. Ms. Kim also served as the Manhattan Branch Manager from February 2000 to September 2005 and Flushing Branch Manager from September 1998 to February 2000. Prior to joining Nara Bank, Ms. Kim was Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at the former Chicago-based Foster Bank from March 1990 to September 1997. Ms. Kim received her B.B.A. degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. She completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Kim also earned the Wharton Leadership Certificate from The Wharton School Aresty Institute of Executive Education.

Peter Koh

Mr. Peter Koh is Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Bank, a subsidiary of the Company. He was named Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Bank of Hope upon the merger of equals of BBCN Bank with Wilshire Bank effective July 29, 2016 and is responsible for oversight of all credit administration functions, as well as the appraisal and special assets departments. Previously, he served in the same capacity for Wilshire Bank, a position he was promoted to in July 2014. Mr. Koh initially joined Wilshire Bank in 2001 and served in various credit-related positions through 2005. He then rejoined Wilshire Bank in June 2007 as Senior Loan Officer and held the position of Chief Credit Review Officer and then Deputy Chief Credit Officer before being appointed as Chief Credit Officer in July 2013. Mr. Koh’s father, Steven S Koh, is a director and Chairman of the board of directors of Hope Bancorp and Bank of Hope. He earned his B.A. from Columbia University in New York and M.B.A. from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.

Janette Mah

Ms. Janette K. Mah is Executive Vice President and Chief Mortgage Banking Officer of Bank, a subsidiary of the Company. She was named Executive Vice President and Chief Mortgage Banking Officer of Bank of Hope, formerly known as BBCN Bank, upon the merger of equals with Wilshire Bank effective July 29, 2016. Having served in the same capacity at Wilshire Bank prior to the merger, she is responsible for mortgage banking, mortgage servicing and warehouse lending operations. Ms. Mah joined Wilshire Bank in June 2009 as Senior Vice President and Home Loan Center Manager and was promoted to Chief Mortgage Banking Officer in July 2013 and Executive Vice President in June 2015. Ms. Mah has more than 30 years of experience in consumer banking and the financial services industry, primarily focused on mortgage lending operations, including First Vice President and Consumer Lending Center Manager for the former Pacific Union Bank from 2001 to 2004. After the acquisition of Pacific Union Bank by Hanmi Bank in April 2004, Ms. Mah became Senior Vice President and Residential Mortgage Center Manager from November 2004 through June 2008 and was later promoted to Consumer Lending Center Manager from July 2008 through May 2009. She earned her B.A. in Linguistics from University of California, Los Angeles.

David Song

Mr. David Song serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Bank, a subsidiary of the Company. He is responsible for oversight of all commercial lending functions in California and Washington. Formerly, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Business Banking Officer of Bank of Hope, formerly known as BBCN Bank, a position he was appointed to upon the merger of equals with Wilshire Bank effective July 29, 2016. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Banking Officer of Wilshire Bank from September 2009, responsible for the corporate banking division and trade finance department. He has more than 25 years of experience in commercial banking and the finance industry, including First Vice President and Team Leader for corporate middle market lending at Comerica Bank from 2003 to 2009 and Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager-Team Leader at Bank of the West from 1998 to 2003. Mr. Song earned his B.S. in Ceramic Engineering/Materials Science & Engineering and his M.B.A. in Finance from University of Washington in Seattle.

Brian Van Dyk

Mr. Brian E. Van Dyk is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Bank, a subsidiary of the Company. He was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Bank of Hope, formerly known as BBCN Bank, effective December 1, 2011. With more than 30 years of experience in the information technology sector, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of information technology, business applications and infrastructure that support the Bank’s enterprise goals, including information security. Previously, Mr. Van Dyk was an integration, IT conversion and vendor management consultant for RLR Management Consulting, Inc. from February 2006 to November 2011, and President of the Premier Division of Aurum Technology Inc (and Fidelity Information Systems) from December 1999 to October 2005. Prior to his work at Aurum Technology, Mr. Van Dyk served in various software development and management positions with Electronic Data Systems from 1984 to 1999. Mr. Van Dyk earned his B.S. in Business Finance from Montana State University.

Johann You

Mr. Johann Minkyun You is Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of Bank, a subsidiary of the Company. He was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of Bank of Hope, formerly known as BBCN Bank, effective March 3, 2014, and is responsible for all areas of risk, compliance and BSA management. Previously, Mr. You was employed by HSBC USA where he served in roles of increasing responsibility from June 2011 through January 2014. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President and Head of Enterprise Compliance Risk, responsible for compliance risk strategy, risk assessment, risk reporting, compliance risk systems and compliance issue management. From June 2006 to June 2011, Mr. You was Director and Head Consultant at IMAG Consulting Services LLC, where he spearheaded numerous operational, regulatory and risk-based projects for large global financial institutions. Mr. You earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Binghamton and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

Alex Kim

Mr. Alex Kim serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Corporate Banking Officer of the Company. He is responsible for syndication and specialty finance lending targeting the larger corporate entities.

Jason Kim

Mr. Jason K. Kim serves as Chief Commercial Banking Officer of Bank, a subsidiary of the Company. He was named Chief Commercial Banking Officer of Bank of Hope, formerly known as BBCN Bank, effective May 1, 2017, and is responsible for oversight of the SBA department, commercial real estate lending, loan operations and international trade finance operations. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer from December 1, 2011 and was responsible for overseeing the SBA, equipment lease finance and credit card departments. Prior to the merger of equals of Nara Bank and Center Bank creating BBCN, he served as Chief Credit Officer of Center Bank from April 2007 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in December 2010. A 25-year veteran of the Bank, Mr. Kim served as Senior Vice President and Manager of Center Bank’s SBA Department from 1991 to 2007 during which time, the SBA department received recognition for having maintained the highest asset quality among more than 800 lenders across the nation, leading to the Bank’s receipt of the “Lender of the Year Award” by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2006. Mr. Kim graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Economics.

Steven Koh

Mr. Steven Sukhwa Koh has been re-designated as Director of the Company. He was appointed Chairman of the board of directors of Hope Bancorp, Inc. and Bank of Hope upon the merger of equals between BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. and their respective subsidiaries BBCN Bank and Wilshire Bank effective July 29, 2016. Previously, he served as a director of Wilshire Bank since 1986 and as Chairman since 1993. Mr. Koh also served as Chairman of the board of directors of Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. since its formation in December 2003 through the merger with BBCN. Mr. Koh is the Chairman of Pacific Steel Corporation, an international steel trading and nationwide distributing company that he founded in 1973. In addition to being well recognized for his contributions to the Bank since 1986, Mr. Koh is highly regarded for his active involvement in community affairs, including the Overseas Korean Traders Association (OKTA) and numerous philanthropic activities for the Korean-American and surrounding ethnic communities. He is the first and only Korean American to serve on the board of directors of Cedars-Sinai, a position he was appointed to in 2016. Mr. Koh received his B.A. and honorary Ph.D. from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. He also completed the Executive Management Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the graduate business school at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Donald Byun

Mr. Donald D. Byun is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director of Hope Bancorp, Inc. and Bank of Hope since the merger of equals between BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. and their respective subsidiaries BBCN Bank and Wilshire Bank effective July 29, 2016. Previously, he served on the board of directors of the former Wilshire Bancorp and Wilshire Bank from 2004 to 2007 and was re-appointed to the board in July 2009. Mr. Byun established Jay Dee, Inc., an apparel manufacturer, in 1993 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer until his retirement in 2013. He was also Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of OTO Sportswear from 1988 to 2010. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Byun served as a director of Los Angeles-based Pacific Union Bank, which was acquired by Hanmi Bank in April 2004. He earned his B.A. in Economics from the College of Economics and Business Administration at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.

Steven Didion

Mr. Steven J. Didion is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director of Hope Bancorp, Inc. and Bank of Hope since the merger of equals between BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. and their respective subsidiaries BBCN Bank and Wilshire Bank effective July 29, 2016. Previously, he served on the board of directors of the former Wilshire Bancorp and Wilshire Bank from January 2014. Mr. Didion is currently General Partner and Portfolio Manager of JCSD Partners, LP, a bank-focused hedge fund based in California. He began his career with Salomon Brothers Inc. and moved to Hoefer & Arnett in 1991 to build out the firm’s Bank Research Group. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hoefer & Arnett in 2001 and then initiated the merger with Howe Barnes in 2006. Following three years as Director of the Financial Institutions Group at Howe Barnes Hoefer & Arnett, Mr. Didion left in 2009 to join the Endicott Group, a private equity firm in New York specializing in bank investments. He left Endicott in 2013 to join and manage JCSD Partners. Mr. Didion previously served on the board of the Children’s Hospital Oakland Foundation and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Peninsula. He earned his B.A. in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jinho Doo

Mr. Jinho Doo is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director of Hope Bancorp, Inc. and Bank of Hope, formerly known as BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and BBCN Bank, since October 29, 2014. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of New York City-based Key Capital Management, LLC, where he manages a hedge fund. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Doo was Chief Executive Officer of JSD Investment Advisory Services, LLC, based in Los Angeles, during which time he provided investment advisory services to Korean-American community banks and foreign exchange consulting services to financial institutions. Previously, Mr. Doo was a Managing Director at DaeYu Investment Management Co, LTD, in Seoul, Korea and served as Director, Head of Korean Desk, Bonds Division at BZW Asia Hong Kong, an affiliate of Barclays Capital, in Hong Kong. Mr. Doo began his professional career in 1982 as a foreign exchange trader at Standard Chartered Bank, Seoul Branch, and in 1988 joined Los Angeles-based Hanmi Bank, from which he retired in 1996 as Vice President and Manager of the Investment and Accounting department. Mr. Doo earned his B.A. in Portuguese with a minor in Economics from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea and his M.S. in Finance from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Daisy Ha

Ms. Daisy Y. Ha is Independent Director of the Company. She has served as a director of Hope Bancorp, Inc. and Bank of Hope since the merger of equals between BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. and their respective subsidiaries BBCN Bank and Wilshire Bank effective July 29, 2016. Previously, she served on the board of directors of the former Wilshire Bancorp and Wilshire Bank from January 2014. Ms. Ha began her legal career as a term law clerk to a United States district court judge in 2000. The following year, she joined the employment law department of Paul Hastings, where she litigated and provided advice on matters of employment law. In 2004, she returned to the United States district court as a career law clerk, assisting in a variety of areas, including general civil law and criminal law. In 2011, she was an appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Ms. Ha received her B.A., cum laude, from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and her J.D. from University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

Jin Chul Jhung

Mr. Jin Chul Jhung is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director of Hope Bancorp, Inc. and Bank of Hope, formerly known as BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and BBCN Bank, since 2011. Mr. Jhung served as a director of Center Bank for 13 years and of Center Financial Corporation since its formation in 2000 until its merger with Nara Bank and Nara Bancorp, respectively, to form BBCN Bank and BBCN Bancorp. Mr. Jhung served as Chairman of the Board of Center Financial Corporation and Center Bank from 2009 to 2010. He has owned and operated Royal Imex, Inc., an import and wholesale business in the United States for more than 33 years. Mr. Jhung also serves as Chairman or Director of various Korean-American community organizations including as President of the Overseas Korean Traders Association, Chairman of the first and fifth World Korean Business Conventions, and as Director of the Centennial Committee of Korean Immigration to the United States. He has received numerous awards and commendations from many civic and governmental agencies such as the Export Industry Official Commendation from the Korea Industry and Commerce Minister. On December 8, 2010, Mr. Jhung was presented with a presidential merit award by the Korean government. Mr. Jhung received a B.S. in Business Administration from Korea University in Seoul, Korea, as well as an Honorary Ph.D. degree from Dongseo University in Busan, Korea.

Chung Hyun Lee

Mr. Chung Hyun Lee is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director of Hope Bancorp, Inc. and Bank of Hope, formerly known as BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and BBCN Bank, since 2011. He was one of the founding directors of Center Bank and Center Financial Corporation and continuously served as a director of Center Bank for 26 years and of Center Financial Corporation for 11 years, until the merger with Nara Bank and Nara Bancorp, respectively, to form BBCN Bank and BBCN Bancorp. Mr. Lee owned and operated cosmetics importing businesses in the United States for 35 years and retired from his position as President of NuArt International, Inc. in October 2010. Mr. Lee is active in the broader Korean-American community in Southern California and currently serves as director of the Overseas Korean Trade Association as well as Director of the Korean Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles. He also has served in the past as Vice Chairman of the Korean Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, President of the South Bay Lions Club, Chairman of the Korean American Inter-Cultural Foundation, and Director of the Korean Federation of Los Angeles. He received a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea as well as a Masters in Industrial Engineering at the University of Southern California.

William Lewis

Mr. William J. Lewis is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director of Hope Bancorp, Inc. and Bank of Hope, formerly known as BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and BBCN Bank, since September 15, 2014. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Pasadena-based East West Bank from 2002 to 2013, during which period the bank grew from approximately $3 billion to approximately $24 billion. Prior to joining East West Bank, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at PriVest Bank, based in Costa Mesa, California, from 1998 until it was acquired by American Security Bank in 2002. From 1994 to 1998, he served in the same capacity at Eldorado Bank based in Tustin, California. Previously, Mr. Lewis was Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Los Angeles-based Sanwa Bank. He began his banking career in 1969 at First Interstate Bank in Los Angeles where he held various branch and credit management positions during his 13-year tenure with the bank. Mr. Lewis earned his B.B.A. in Industrial Administration from the University of New Mexico and his M.B.A. from Golden Gate University. He also completed the Executive Leadership Program at USC Marshall School of Business.

John Taylor

Mr. John R. Taylor is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director of Hope Bancorp, Inc. and Bank of Hope since the merger of equals between BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. and their respective subsidiaries BBCN Bank and Wilshire Bank effective July 29, 2016. Previously he served on the board of directors of the former Wilshire Bancorp and Wilshire Bank since November 2011, and also served on the board of directors of PennyMac Financial Services, Inc. from 2012 to 2013, where he served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Taylor was a senior audit partner in KPMG LLP’s Financial Services practice based in Los Angeles prior to his retirement on September 30, 2011. Mr. Taylor has more than 38 years of public accounting experience as a Certified Public Accountant and provided services to numerous publicly held banks, financial institutions and financial services clients during his 27 years as a KPMG partner. He received his B.S., cum laude, from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Dale Zuehls

Mr. Dale S. Zuehls is Independent Director of the Company. He was appointed to the boards of directors of Hope Bancorp, Inc. and Bank of Hope, formerly known as BBCN Bancorp and BBCN Bank effective March 20, 2014. A principal of specialty accounting and consulting firm Zuehls, Legaspi & Company, Dr. Zuehls has more than 40 years of experience in areas of complex auditing, accounting, forensic accounting, complex tax issues, performance measurement and related consulting matters. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, Dr. Zuehls has a Ph.D. in accounting and holds a law degree. He is also Certified in Financial Forensics and Accredited in Business Valuations by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Previously, Dr. Zuehls held various leadership positions at KPMG and Arthur Andersen & Co., two of the largest public accounting firms. A recognized expert in complex accounting matters, Dr. Zuehls has taught in Ph.D. and Masters’ programs at Southern California-based universities and has held seminars on various accounting and tax issues. He serves on the Audit Committee of the largest research foundation at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Zuehls earned a B.S. in Accounting at California State University, Los Angeles, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stafford University in England, and a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles.

Angie Yang