Hanmi Financial board appoints Bonnie Lee as CEO upon C. G. Kum retirement
C. G. Kum, Chief Executive Officer, said, "Hanmi's first quarter financial performance highlights the continued execution of our strategy to grow loans in a prudent manner, protect net interest margin and to improve the Bank's cost structure. During the first quarter, which is typically the seasonally slowest quarter for loan production, new origination volume nearly offset normal loan run-off while net interest margin remained stable. Based on our current loan and lease pipeline, we remain confident in our ability to grow loans in the range of 5% to 7% for the full year. Deposit gathering activities in the quarter were also successful as total deposits expanded 6% on an annualized basis due to growth in time and noninterest-bearing demand deposits. In addition, we made progress in executing our previously announced branch consolidation initiative with the closure of four branches in the first quarter." Mr. Kum concluded, "I am very pleased with the Board's decision to appoint Bonnie Lee as CEO upon my retirement next month. While serving as our Chief Operating Officer for the past six years, she has developed deep relationships with Hanmi's customers and employees, while establishing herself as a respected leader in our industry. Given her institutional knowledge of the Bank, excellent track record of success and strong leadership abilities, I am confident this will be a smooth transition as Bonnie assumes her new role as CEO."