Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Steven S. Koh
Steven S. Koh
Chairman of the Board
Steven S. Koh Steven Koh was appointed Chairman of the Board of Hope Bancorp, Inc. effective August 1, 2016, following the merger of equals between BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. He previously served as a director of the former Wilshire Bank since 1986 and as Chairman of Wilshire’s board of directors since 1993. Mr. Koh is the Chairman of Pacific Steel Corporation, an international steel trading and nationwide distributing company that he founded in 1973. He also has served as the Chairman of the World Federation of Overseas Korean Traders Association and as a director of the Center for Industrial Research & Executive Education in California State Polytechnic University since 1997.
Kevin S. Kim
Kevin S. Kim
President & Chief Executive Officer
Kevin S. Kim Kevin S. Kim is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hope Bancorp, Inc. and Bank of Hope, formerly known as BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and BBCN Bank. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Hope Bancorp since March 2013 and of Bank of Hope since April 2014. Prior to the merger with Wilshire Bancorp, Inc., Mr. Kim served as Chairman of the board of directors of Hope 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. with a major in English and a minor in International Trade from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea, an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management, the University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. 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.
Scott Yoon-Suk Whang
Scott Yoon-Suk Whang
Lead Independent Director
Scott Yoon-Suk Whang Scott Yoon-Suk Whang was appointed Lead Independent Director of Hope Bancorp, Inc. and Bank of Hope effective August 1, 2016. He had been a director of the former BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and BBCN Bank since 2007, prior to the merger of equals with Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. and Wilshire Bank which formed Hope Bancorp. He previously served in the additional capacities of Lead Independent Director of BBCN Bancorp from March 2013 through June 2014 and Vice Chairman from May 2012 through June 2014, as well as Vice Chairman of BBCN Bank from December 2011 through June 2014. Originally a director of the former Nara Bancorp and Nara Bank, Mr. Whang was the lead negotiator from Nara resulting in the creation of BBCN. A recognized entrepreneur, Mr. Whang has successfully established three companies over the past 20 years, including Codra Enterprises, Avalanche Publishing, Inc., and Orange Circle Studios. 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.
Chung Hyun Lee
Chung Hyun Lee
Independent Director
Chung Hyun Lee Chung Hyun Lee has been a member of the BBCN Bancorp, Inc. board since 2011. He was one of the founding directors of Center Bank and continuously served as a director of Center Bank for 26 years and of Center Financial Corporation for 11 years, until its merger into the Company. He has 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. 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 in California. 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.
Jin Chul Jhung
Jin Chul Jhung
Independent Director
Jin Chul Jhung Jin Chul Jhung has served as a director of BBCN Bancorp, Inc. 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 into the Company. Mr. Jhung served as Chairman of the Board of Center Financial Corporation and Center Bank from 2009-2010. He has owned and operated Royal Imex, Inc. an import and wholesale businesses 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. degree in Business Administration from Korea University in Seoul, Korea, as well as an Honorary Doctoral degree from Dongseo University in Busan, Korea.
Donald D. Byun
Donald D. Byun
Independent Director
Donald D. Byun Donald Byun joined the board of directors of Hope Bancorp, Inc. effective August 1, 2016, following the merger of equals between BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. Previously, he served on the board of directors of the former Wilshire Bancorp and Wilshire Bank from 2004 to 2007 and was re-appointed in July 2009 through July 2016. Mr. Byun served as president of Jay Dee, Inc., an apparel manufacture, from 2000 until his retirement in 2012.
John R. Taylor
John R. Taylor
Independent Director
John R. Taylor John Taylor joined the board of directors of Hope Bancorp, Inc. effective August 1, 2016, following the merger of equals between BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. Previously, he served on the board of directors of the former Wilshire Bancorp and Wilshire Bank from November 2011 through July 2016. Mr. Taylor was a senior audit partner in KPMG LLP’s Financial Services practice based in Los Angeles prior to his retirement in 2011. Mr. Taylor has over 38 years of public accounting experience and provided services to numerous publicly held banks, financial institutions and financial services clients during his 27 years as a KPMG partner.
Steven J. Didion
Steven J. Didion
Independent Director
Steven J. Didion Steven Didion joined the board of directors of Hope Bancorp, Inc. effective August 1, 2016, following the merger of equals between BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. Previously, he served on the board of directors of the former Wilshire Bancorp and Wilshire Bank from January 2014 through July 2016. 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 its 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, LP.
Daisy Y. Ha
Daisy Y. Ha
Independent Director
Daisy Y. Ha Daisy Ha joined the board of directors of Hope Bancorp, Inc. effective August 1, 2016, following the merger of equals between BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. Previously, she served on the board of directors of the former Wilshire Bancorp and Wilshire Bank from January 2014 through July 2016. 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 Appeals.
Dale S. Zuehls
Dale S. Zuehls
Independent Director
Dale S. Zuehls Mr. Zuehls was appointed to the board of directors of BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and BBCN Bank in March 2014. Effective June 26, 2014, he was also name Lead Independent Director. A principal of specialty accounting and consulting firm Zuehls, Legaspi & Company, Mr. 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, Zuehls has a Ph.D. in accounting and holds a law degree. He also is Certified in Financial Forensics and Accredited in Business Valuations by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is a member of the American Certified Fraud Examiners. Previously, Mr. Zuehls held various leadership positions at KPMG, LLP and Arthur Andersen & Co., two of the largest public accounting firms. A recognized expert in complex accounting matters, Mr. 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. Mr. Zuehls earned his B.S. degree in accounting at California State University, Los Angeles, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Stafford University in England, and his J.D. degree from Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles.
David P. Malone
David P. Malone
Independent Director
David P. Malone David P. Malone was appointed to the board of directors of BBCN Bancorp, Inc. and BBCN Bank in May 2014. Effective June 26, 2014, he was also named Chairman of BBCN Bank. Mr. Malone recently completed a 15-year tenure at Community Bank in Pasadena, California, where he served as Chairman in 2013, President and Chief Executive Officer from 2008 to 2013, and Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer from 1998 to 2008. Under Mr. Malone’s leadership, Community Bank grew into one of the leading financial institutions in Southern California, with more than $3.0 billion in assets and 17 offices across five counties. During his professional career, 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. Malone earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University, Northridge.
William J. Lewis
William J. Lewis
Independent Director
William J. Lewis William J. Lewis has served as a director of BBCN Bancorp, Inc. since 2014. He most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Pasadena-based East West Bank, 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, Calif., 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, Calif. Previously, 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. 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.
Jinho Doo
Jinho Doo
Independent Director
Jinho Doo Jinho Doo has served as a director of BBCN Bancorp, Inc. since 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, he 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, he 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, part of Barclays Capital, in Hong Kong. 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. 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.
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