KEVIN S. KIM
President, Chief Executive
Hope Bancorp Inc.
Kevin Kim heads Hope Bancorp Inc., parent of Bank of Hope, which was formed in 2016 in the merger of Wilshire Bancorp and BBCN Bancorp, where Kim had been chief executive. Kim, a lawyer and an accountant, began his involvement on the boards of Korean-American banks in 2008 when he joined the board of Center Financial Corp. He helped Center raise capital and led its merger with Nara Bancorp in 2011, which created BBCN. In 2013 Kim gave up his law practice and joined BBCN as chief executive, assuming responsibility for leading the company’s efforts related to strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, business-line and revenue diversification and capital management strategy. Kim serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way Greater Los Angeles.
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