Joanne Kim

Chief Executive, CBB Bancorp Inc.

THE LATEST: After eight years at the helm of CBB, the bank extended Kim’s contract for another three years in April. Earlier this year, Kim oversaw the hiring of Long Huynh to replace J. Duncan Smith as the bank’s executive vice president and chief financial.

BACKGROUND: The president and chief executive of Commonwealth Business Bank since 2011, Kim previously helmed Wilshire State Bank and its holding company. Before that, she was an executive vice president and chief lending officer at Wilshire Bancorp. She also served as senior vice president and branch manager at Hanmi Bank.

WORTH NOTING: A native of Seoul, Kim’s parents fled to South Korea from North Korea during the war in the 1950s. Kim has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and Language from Korea University in Seoul. She sits on the board of Ability First, a Pasadena-based nonprofit.


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