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 is 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 is a member of Sage Partners, LLC, a strategic advisory firm, and is also an operating partner of Interlock Equity LP, a private equity firm focused on mid-and lower-mid market business, including technology services and healthcare firms. Mr. Rosenblum currently is a board member of Apply Digital, an Interlock Equity portfolio company. He is also a director of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, where he chairs the Finance Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. He is Chair-Emeritus of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) and previously served on the board of Deloitte Consulting, LLP and as a trustee of Wesleyan University. 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 the President and Chief Executive Officer since May 2019. Prior to her promotion to Chief Executive Officer, she served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hanmi and Hanmi Bank since August 2013. She was promoted to serve as our President on June 15, 2018. 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 earned her B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed an executive program in corporate strategy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Christie K. Chu
Ms. Chu currently serves as the founder, President and CEO of CKC Accountancy Corporation, a tax management and financial consulting firm. Ms. Chu brings over 30 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, the last 25 years at CKC Accountancy Corp, and previous to that at KPMG, Ernst & Young, LLP, and 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. Ms. Chu is a member and past Treasurer of the National Korean American Society of CPAs. She is also a current member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is a board member and Treasurer of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Ms. Chu earned her B.A. degree in business and economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also completed the Director Education and Certification Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Harry H. Chung
Mr. Chung brings over 25 years of experience in capital markets and financial services. He has served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of WhiteHawk Capital Partners since 2020. Previously, Mr. Chung served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Great American Capital Partners, LLC from 2017 to 2020. 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 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. He also has held numerous 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 at Urbana-Champaign.
Gloria J. Lee
Ms. Lee has served as the Client Relations Partner for Rutan & Tucker, LLP, a full-service law firm in California, since 2014. She is the Chair of the firm’s Business Development Committee and is responsible for the strategic growth of business development opportunities and the implementation of client relationship initiatives for the firm. Before becoming the firm’s Client Relations Partner, Ms. Lee was a transactional real estate attorney from 2011 through 2013 focused on representing lenders on the financing of commercial real estate properties. In April 2020, Ms. Lee co-founded Kwell Laboratories LLC, the exclusive United States distributor, manufacturer and clinical trial sponsor for a leading South Korean biotech company. Ms. Lee serves on numerous non-profit boards, including the Board of the Council of Korean Americans. Ms. Lee is also a past President of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association where she was a board member from 2004-2012. In 2018, Ms. Lee was awarded the California Minority Council Emerging Diversity Leader Award for her contributions promoting diversity within the legal profession and in 2017 was selected by the California Diversity Council as one of Southern California’s Most Powerful and Influential Women. Ms. Lee is a received her B.A. and M.A., with distinction, from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
Thomas J. Williams
Mr. Williams brings over 30 years of experience in bank regulation and the broader 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 Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Mr. Williams earned his B.S. degree in economics from the University of South Dakota.
Michael M. Yang
Mr. Yang brings over 30 years of experience as a successful technology entrepreneur and investor. He is currently the Founder and CEO of Michael Yang Capital Management, LLC, an investment management company that invests in public equities of disruptive technology companies. 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.com 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 a co-owner and the 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 serves as a director of Enjoy Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENJY), a technology-powered platform operating the Smart Last MileTM solution, and Razer, Inc., a multinational technology company that designs and builds a gamer-focused ecosystem, traded on the Hong Kong Exchange (HKG:1337). 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.