Bonita I. Lee
Bonita Lee brings more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as CEO of Hanmi Financial. She joined Hanmi as chief operating officer in 2013 and was promoted to President in 2018. During her tenure with Hanmi, the Bank’s total assets have nearly doubled. Her deep understanding of the Bank’s business and strong record of success allows her to execute Hanmi’s strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Hanmi in August 2013, Bonita was senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of BBCN Bank and BBCN Bancorp Inc., where she was named acting president and COO and led an executive team carrying out the duties of the CEO during a management transition period. Lee also held senior executive positions with the $1.4 billion-in-asset Shinhan Bank America, an arm of the South Korean-based Shinhan Bank, from September 2008 to March 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Year appointed: 2019