John J. Ahn
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Ahn brings more than 27 years of experience in capital markets and financial advisory services to Hanmi. He is currently the founder and CEO of Whitehawk Capital Partners, a middle market direct lending fund and SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Prior to his role at Whitehawk, Mr. Ahn served as CEO of Great American Capital Partners, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor that originated and underwrote senior secured loans across a wide array of industries. From 2004 to 2015, Mr. Ahn served as President of B. Riley & Co., a full-service investment banking firm providing corporate finance, research, sales and trading services, and asset management to corporate and institutional clients. Prior to joining B. Riley, Mr. Ahn held numerous leadership positions in the investment banking and sales and trading sectors. Mr. Ahn earned his B.A. degree in economics from Williams College.
David L. Rosenblum
Vice Chairman of the Board
Mr. Rosenblum is retired and a former Senior Principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP (1979 to 2013), where he was the National Managing Director of Consulting Corporate Development and a key leader of the Strategy & Operations practice. Mr. Rosenblum currently serves as President of the Southern California Chapter of NACD, as a member of the board of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, and as an advisor to a Los Angeles based private equity firm. Prior to his current roles, he served on the board of Deloitte Consulting LLP, was the Vice Chair of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles board, and was a member of the Wesleyan University board of trustees. Mr. Rosenblum earned his B.A. degree in economics from Wesleyan University and his M.B.A. degree in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Bonita I. Lee
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Lee has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi and Hanmi Bank since May 2019. She previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Hanmi Bank from August 2013 to May 2019. Prior to that, she was the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of BBCN Bank and BBCN Bancorp, Inc., where she was named Acting President and Chief Operating Officer from February 2013 to April 2013 and led an Executive Council carrying out the duties of the Chief Executive Officer during a management transition period at BBCN Bank. Prior to this, Ms. Lee served as director and Regional President of the Western Region for Shinhan Bank America from September 2008 to March 2009. Prior to joining Shinhan Bank America, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Nara Bank from April 2005 to September 2008, and as a Member of the Office of the President from March 2006 to September 2008. Ms. Lee also served Nara Bank as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer from November 2003 to April 2005, Senior Vice President and Credit Administrator from February 2000 to October 2003 and Vice President and Credit Administrator from 1993 to 2000. Prior to joining Nara Bank, Ms. Lee held various lending positions with the former California Center Bank in Los Angeles from 1989 to 1993.
Mr. Choi is currently the managing partner and a founding partner of CKP, LLP. CKP, LLP is the largest Korean-American full-service accounting firm in the United States, providing services to private companies and U.S. subsidiaries of Korean companies. Mr. Choi has more than 30 years of assurance and business advisory experience and specializes in serving middle-market companies in banking, health care, manufacturing, and wholesale distribution. Mr. Choi has extensive financial and internal audit experience, as well as consulting experience, with a number of Korean and Korean American community banks. Mr. Choi is also active in the broader Korean-American community in Southern California and has served as President and Director of the Korean American CPA Society of Southern California, President of Sejong Society, and an independent member of Advisory Committee of Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency of Los Angeles.
Christie K. Chu
Ms. Chu currently serves as the President and CEO of CKC Accountancy Corporation, a tax, management and financial consulting firm. Ms. Chu brings 29 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, having served as a Supervising Audit Senior at KPMG, a Tax Senior Advisor at Ernst & Young, LLP, and a Staff Tax Accountant at Arthur Anderson & Co. She also served as a past President of the Korean American CPA Society of Southern California, where she has been a board member since 2004. She is currently the Treasurer of the national Korean American Society of CPAs. Ms. Chu earned her B.A. degree in business and economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Harry H. Chung
Mr. Chung brings nearly 25 years of experience in capital markets and financial services. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Whitehawk Capital Partners. Previously, Mr. Chung served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Great American Capital Partners, LLC. Prior to that role, Mr. Chung served as Chief Financial Officer of Breakwater Investment Management, a private investment firm based in Los Angeles, California specializing in direct debt and equity investments in leading lower middle market growth companies. Mr. Chung has also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Imperial Capital, a full-service investment bank offering comprehensive services to institutional investors and middle market companies, and held numerous other leadership positions at Jefferies and Company, Inc., a global investment bank. Mr. Chung earned his B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
Scott R. Diehl
Mr. Diehl is a 34 year veteran of the banking and financial industry, having spent his entire career at Wells Fargo Capital Finance and its predecessor corporation, Foothill Capital Corporation. Mr. Diehl brings extensive experience across a broad range of risk and lending activities. Prior to his retirement in July 2017, Mr. Diehl was a Group Head overseeing the Factoring, Receivable Securitization and Supply Chain Finance lending units. Prior to this role, he was the Head of the Industries Group and oversaw the Lender Finance, Technology Finance, Healthcare Finance and Supply Chain Finance business units. Mr. Diehl also served in various other leadership positions related to asset based lending and commercial finance for Wells Fargo Capital Finance and Foothill Capital Corporation. Mr. Diehl earned his B.A. in History from Brown University.
Thomas J. Williams
Mr. Williams brings more than 30 years of experience in the bank regulatory and banking industry. Specifically, Mr. Williams brings extensive experience across a broad range of risk and lending activities. Prior to his retirement in May 2015, Mr. Williams served as Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer at BofI Federal Bank, overseeing all risk and control-related functions. Before that role, he served as Executive Director of Commercial Credit Review at Capital One and Director of Regulatory Relations at Silicon Valley Bank. Earlier in his career, Mr. Williams spent five years as Principal Examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and ten years as a National Bank Examiner with the OCC. Mr. Williams earned his B.S. degree in economics from the University of South Dakota.
Michael M. Yang
Mr. Yang brings more than 30 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and corporate executive. He currently is the Founder and CEO of MSY LLC, a private investment company with holdings in real estate and equities. Prior to his current role, Mr. Yang was Co-Founder and CEO of three technology start-ups that were sold to larger enterprises at significant premiums, including mySimon, Inc., which was acquired by CNET. Mr. Yang began his career at Xerox Corporation and Samsung Electronics, Co. Ltd., where he held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, marketing and corporate development. Mr. Yang earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, his M.S. degree in computer science from Columbia University and his M.B.A. degree from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Yu has more than 20 years of experience as a finance executive, investor and advisor specializing in venture capital, technology and media companies. Mr. Yu is currently the co-owner and former president of the San Francisco 49ers. Mr. Yu holds the distinction of being the first President of color of any team in the history of the National Football League. Mr. Yu previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of both Facebook and YouTube. Mr. Yu was also a General Partner at Khosla Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage technology companies, where he led the firm’s investment in Square, Inc., a leading fintech company, and was its first outside board member. Mr. Yu currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Council of Korean Americans and is on the National Leadership Council of the Navy SEAL Foundation. Mr. Yu earned his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University and received an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.