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Officers and Directors

Board of Directors - Banc of California, Inc.

Robert D. Sznewajs
Robert D. Sznewajs
Chair of the Board
Robert D. Sznewajs Mr. Sznewajs was the President and Chief Executive Officer of West Coast Bancorp from 2000 to 2013, an Oregon-based bank holding company which was sold in 2013 with $2.5 billion in assets. Mr. Sznewajs has held a variety of executive level roles in large financial services institutions, including Vice Chair of U.S. Bancorp; President and Chief Operating Officer of BankAmericard; Executive Vice President and Manager of Valley National Bancorp; and President and Chief Executive Officer of Michigan National Bank. In addition to nearly 40 years of experience in the areas of regulatory matters, operations and technology, consumer and commercial banking, sales and marketing, management of investment portfolios and mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Sznewajs has also served on several boards and executive committees, namely Outerwall, Inc. (formerly Coinstar); the Portland Branch Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; the Oregon’s Bankers Association; the United Way; the Association for Corporate Growth; and the Bates Group, LLC. Mr. Sznewajs received both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Detroit and is a CPA (status inactive).

In addition to Mr. Sznewajs’ responsibilities as the Board Chair, he is one of the Company’s Board-designated “audit committee financial experts” and he served as Chair of the Audit Committee prior to Mr. Lashley’s appointment to that position. His broad and deep experience in the banking industry, including having been the Chief Executive Officer of a publicly-held bank holding company, makes him a particularly valued member of the Board.
Halle J. Benett
Halle J. Benett
Director
Halle J. Benett Mr. Benett has been the Managing Director and Head of Financial Services Investing at Melody Capital Partners effective September 2016, for which his work frequently brings him to California. Prior to that, Mr. Benett was the Managing Director and Head of Diversified Financials Investment Banking at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, a Stifel Company. Mr. Benett has completed over 100 equity and debt capital raises in addition to having participated in more than 40 merger and acquisition transactions. Before joining Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in 2014, Mr. Benett was a Senior Advisor for Ares Management, working with the firm’s capital markets, private debt, private equity and real estate groups. Prior to that, Mr. Benett spent 16 years at UBS Financial Institutions, Investment Banking in the Americas serving as the head from 2011 through 2013 and as co-head from 2008 through 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Benett headed Global Specialty Finance at PaineWebber/UBS Investment Bank after having advanced from his role with the company as Managing Director. Mr. Benett began his career at Ryan, Beck & Co. and received his Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Rutgers University.

Mr. Benett’s wide range of experience in the financial services industry, including having worked with banks, thrifts, mortgage companies, insurance companies, alternative asset management companies and specialty finance companies, has considerably broadened the Board’s perspective. This has made him especially valuable in relation to the Company’s strategic initiatives, such as mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, and its assessment of opportunities in the capital markets. Mr. Benett has played a significant role in the Board’s recent corporate governance enhancements and stockholder outreach efforts and serves as a board-designated “audit committee financial expert” on the Audit Committee.
Douglas H. Bowers
Douglas H. Bowers
Director
Douglas H. Bowers Mr. Bowers was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank, and as a director of the Bank effective May 8, 2017 and was appointed as a director of the Company effective at the conclusion of the Company’s 2017 annual meeting of stockholders on June 9, 2017. Mr. Bowers is a veteran banking executive with over 35 years of banking experience. Mr. Bowers served as Chief Executive Officer of Square 1 Bank from 2011 until its sale to PacWest Bancorp in October 2015, and then served as President of Square 1 Bank, a division of Pacific Western Bank, until April 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Bowers held roles at Lone Star/Hudson Advisors, a leading private equity firm, and at Bank of America, where he spent nearly thirty years leading various divisions, including Commercial Banking, Corporate Banking, Leasing and Specialized Products. Mr. Bowers holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Economics from Ball State University.

Mr. Bowers’ deep and comprehensive background and his practical experience in growing commercial banking businesses directly align with the Company’s current focus, and ideally position him to make substantial contributions to the Board, both as a director and as the leader of the Company’s executive team.
Mary A. Curran
Mary A. Curran
Director
Mary A. Curran Ms. Curran spent 25 years at MUFG Union Bank, N.A., during which time she held several executive level positions, including Executive Vice President/Corporate Banking Chief Risk Officer from 2011 to 2014, and Executive Vice President/Head of The Private Bank at Union Bank from 2006 to 2011. During her time with Union Bank, Ms. Curran worked closely with its board and management to build an infrastructure focused on a strong, proactive, integrated and effective risk management. Ms. Curran was also tasked with improving the performance of Union Bank’s Wealth Management practice, a business unit with offices throughout California, Washington and Oregon.

Ms. Curran currently serves as Chair of San Diego State University’s Campanile Foundation Board and Executive Committee in addition to serving on the Nominating & Governance Committee and the Athletics Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors and Nominating/Governance Committee for Hunter Industries, a privately held global irrigation and landscape lighting manufacturing company. Previous board service includes: Chair of the California Bankers Association where she remains involved on the Banker Benefits Board and Chair of the San Diego Sports Commission. Ms. Curran is a current member of the Corporate Directors Forum, San Diego, The Corporate Director’s Roundtable of Orange County, Women Corporate Directors and the National Association for Corporate Directors (NACD). Ms. Curran is a NACD Governance Fellow, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a MBA from San Diego State University.

Ms. Curran’s broad range of experience in risk management and community involvement within the financial services industry, especially in California, in addition to her prior business and other leadership positions, have enhanced the Board’s perspective.

Barbara Fallon-Walsh
Director
Ms. Fallon-Walsh has more than 35 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry. From 1995 until her retirement in 2012, Ms. Fallon-Walsh was with The Vanguard Group, where she led both institutional and consumer focused businesses including Specialized Services (which included Brokerage, Annuities, and custody services to financial planners), High Net Worth Services (including Brokerage and Advice), Core Investor Services, Institutional Marketing and Institutional Retirement Plan Services, among other leadership positions. Prior to joining Vanguard, she was an Executive Vice President with Bank of America and a predecessor company, Security Pacific Bank, in California. Her banking leadership roles included retail banking, strategic planning, marketing, product management and electronic delivery, technology, residential mortgage product development and secondary marketing.

Ms. Fallon-Walsh currently serves as an independent director on the boards of Alliance Bernstein (NYSE: AB), where she chairs the Compensation and Workplace Practices and Governance committees, and MONY America, where she chairs the Investment Committee and serves on the Audit Committee. Previous board service includes various AXA companies such as AXA Equitable and AXA Financial, as well as Paris-based AXA Investment Managers, a €600 global asset management firm, where she served on the Remuneration and Audit committees. Ms. Fallon-Walsh is also a member of the Betterment for Business Advisory Board. Betterment is an online financial advisor bringing innovative retirement solutions to small businesses and their employees.

Ms. Fallon-Walsh received a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Liberal Arts and Management from Northeastern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of both Women Corporate Directors and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

As the newest member to the Boards of Directors of the Company and the Bank as of September 1, 2018, Ms. Fallon-Walsh’s comprehensive background in financial services, as well as her board experience and expertise in banking, particularly in California, will enrich the Board’s prospective.
Bonnie G. Hill
Bonnie G. Hill
Director
Bonnie G. Hill Dr. Hill has served as the President of B. Hill Enterprises, LLC, a consulting firm focusing on corporate governance, board organizational and public policy issues since 2001. She is also co-founder of Icon Blue, a brand marketing company founded in 1998 and based in Los Angeles. Dr. Hill has over 25 years of experience serving on numerous corporate boards with a wide-ranging career in business, government, education, and philanthropy. Currently, Dr. Hill is a faculty member of the NACD Board Advisory Services Program, is a founding member of the Lead Directors Network, and sits on the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership Advisory Committee for Columbia Law School and the National Board of 2020 Women on Corporate Boards. Dr. Hill has also served as a director of numerous publicly-held companies, including the California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT), The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD), Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) and AK Steel Holding Corp. (NYSE: AKS). Dr. Hill also co-chaired the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Building the Strategic-Asset Board published in 2016; served on the board of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation; and is a former member of Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Investor Advisory Group.

From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Hill served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Times Mirror Foundation and Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, for the Los Angeles Times. From 1992 to 1997 she served as Dean of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, and prior to that, Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency for the State of California. Dr. Hill has held a variety of presidential appointments, including Vice Chair of the Postal Rate Commission and Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education under President Reagan, and as Special Adviser to President George H. W. Bush for Consumer Affairs. She has chaired the Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee for the Securities and Exchange Commission and served on the board of directors of NASD Regulation, Inc. Prior to working in Washington, D.C., Dr. Hill served as a Vice President with Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation.

Dr. Hill has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mills College, a Master of Science degree from California State University, Hayward, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Hill’s extensive background in board leadership and corporate governance has significantly supported the Company’s ongoing efforts to improve its corporate governance practices as well as to broaden the Board’s perspective in business and throughout the communities the Company serves.

Richard J. Lashley
Richard J. Lashley
Director
Richard J. Lashley Mr. Lashley is Managing Member of PL Capital Advisors, LLC, a SEC registered investment advisory firm, and co-founder of PL Capital, LLC, a firm founded in 1996. PL Capital Advisors specializes in the banking industry and was named by the American Banker as one of the top community bank investors in the country. PL Capital is also one of the Company’s largest stockholders. Mr. Lashley’s primary responsibilities at PL Capital Advisors include portfolio management and research. Mr. Lashley has extensive experience serving on the boards of directors of numerous publicly-held and privately-held banks throughout the United States, including current service on the boards of directors of MutualFirst Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MFSF) and its subsidiary bank, MutualBank, and prior service on the boards of directors of Metro Bancorp, Inc. State Bancorp, Inc. and BCSB Bancorp, Inc. Mr. Lashley also has diverse experience as Chairman and/or member of numerous board committees. From 1994 to 1996, he was a Director in KPMG LLP’s corporate finance group, where he led a team providing merger and acquisition advisory services to banks throughout the country. From 1984 to 1993 he worked for KPMG LLP as a CPA providing professional accounting services to banks and other financial services companies in New York and New Jersey. From 1992 to 1993 he served as the Assistant to the Chairman of the AICPA Savings Institution Committee in Washington D.C. Mr. Lashley received an MBA from Rutgers University in 1984 and a B.S. from Oswego State University in 1980. He is licensed as a CPA in New Jersey (status inactive).

Mr. Lashley’s extensive experience at KPMG providing professional accounting and advisory services, as well as his service on numerous bank boards and his experience at PL Capital managing investments in the banking industry enable him to be a significant contributor to the Board. Mr. Lashley has been designated by the Board as an “audit committee financial expert” and is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee. Mr. Lashley was appointed as a director pursuant to a Cooperation Agreement between the Company and PL Capital Advisors and its affiliates dated as of February 8, 2017. For additional information, regarding the Cooperation Agreement, see Transactions with Related Persons.
Jonah F. Schnel
Jonah F. Schnel
Director
Jonah F. Schnel Mr. Schnel is the Chairman and President of Fast A/R Funding, a private company focused on lending to small businesses throughout the United States. Presently, Mr. Schnel also manages Timco CNG, a company operating public-access, compressed, natural gas stations in Southern California. Previously, Mr. Schnel led the recapitalization of National Capital Management, an acquirer and servicer of distressed consumer debt, and assisted management during that company’s significant growth through its acquisition by Portfolio Recovery Group, Inc. in 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Schnel was a Partner at ITU Ventures for seven years, a venture capital firm making early-stage investments in technology companies associated with innovation emerging from leading research universities in the United States. Earlier in his career, Mr. Schnel worked as a manager at SunAmerica Investments, Inc. in the real estate investment division with a primary focus on first lien lending in a diversified range of commercial real estate assets. Mr. Schnel currently serves as the Chair and President of the Southern California Chapter of the Tourette Association of America. Mr. Schnel completed the director training and certification program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and received his Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Tulane University.

Mr. Schnel’s diverse experience in founding and managing numerous privately-held companies and investments in various industries such as specialty finance and lending, alternative energy, gaming and technology, as well as his proficiency in commercial real estate and managerial oversight of a diverse set of finance-related businesses, has considerably strengthened the Board. His leadership, knowledge and experience are key assets to the oversight and risk-management of the Company’s strategic plan and regulatory obligations as Chair of the Enterprise Risk Committees.
W. Kirk Wycoff
W. Kirk Wycoff
Director
W. Kirk Wycoff Mr. Wycoff is Managing Partner of Patriot Financial Partners, a private equity fund headquartered in Philadelphia holding committed capital of $650 million, maintaining a long only, value-oriented buy and hold strategy designed to provide growth capital to financial services companies that require additional equity to grow. Prior to joining Patriot Financial Partners, Mr. Wycoff served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Bank Holdings, a de novo community bank serving the Philadelphia metro market, from 2005 to 2007, and from 1991 to 2004 he served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Progress Financial Corp. and Progress Bank. He currently serves on the boards of Porter Bancorp (NASDAQ: PBIB), Radius Bank and U.S. Century Bank, and recently served as a director of Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ: GBNK) and its subsidiary, Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, and Heritage Commerce Corp. (NASDAQ: HTBK) and its subsidiary, Heritage Bank of Commerce. Previous board positions held by Mr. Wycoff include Square 1 Financial, Inc., NewSpring Ventures-Fund I, NewSpring Mezzanine Fund as well as service on the boards of The Lincoln Center during which he served as Chair of its Finance Committee. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Franklin & Marshall College.

Mr. Wycoff’s 39 years in the banking industry, which includes 18 years of experience as an executive officer and more than 10 years in various director positions, brings extensive leadership and community banking experience to our Board, including executive management, risk, credit and resolution experience, public company expertise and risk assessment skills. As the Managing Partner of Patriot Financial Partners, he also provides the perspective of a significant investor in the Company.

Executive Officers of the Company – Banc of California, Inc.

Douglas H. Bowers
Douglas H. Bowers
President and Chief Executive Officer
Douglas H. Bowers Mr. Bowers was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank, and as a director of the Bank effective May 8, 2017 and was appointed as a director of the Company effective at the conclusion of the Company’s 2017 annual meeting of stockholders on June 9, 2017. Mr. Bowers is a veteran banking executive with over 35 years of banking experience. Mr. Bowers served as Chief Executive Officer of Square 1 Bank from 2011 until its sale to PacWest Bancorp in October 2015, and then served as President of Square 1 Bank, a division of Pacific Western Bank, until April 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Bowers held roles at Lone Star/Hudson Advisors, a leading private equity firm, and at Bank of America, where he spent nearly thirty years leading various divisions, including Commercial Banking, Corporate Banking, Leasing and Specialized Products. Mr. Bowers holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Economics from Ball State University.

Mr. Bowers’ deep and comprehensive background and his practical experience in growing commercial banking businesses directly align with the Company’s current focus, and ideally position him to make substantial contributions to the Board, both as a director and as the leader of the Company’s executive team.
John A. Bogler
John A. Bogler
Chief Financial Officer
John A. Bogler Mr. Bogler was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Company and the Bank effective September 5, 2017, and brings nearly 30 years of experience and a deep set of experiences across accounting, finance, treasury and capital markets functions. Previously, Mr. Bogler served as the Chief Financial Officer at each of Sabal Financial Group, L.P., Sabal Capital Partners, LLC and Sabal Investment Advisors, LLC from 2014 until joining the Company and the Bank in 2017. Mr. Bogler is a founder of Sabal Capital Partners and Sabal Investment Advisors and previously served on the board of Sabal Capital Partners. His responsibilities across the Sabal companies included developing and implementing the corporate support functions, oversight of all financial functions and developing and implementing strategic initiatives for each company. From 2012 until its sale to PacWest Bancorp in 2014, Mr. Bogler served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CapitalSource Inc. (NYSE: CSE), the holding company for CapitalSource Bank, after having served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CapitalSource Bank from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Bogler holds a B.S. in Accounting from Missouri State University. Mr. Bogler is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Hugh F. Boyle
Hugh F. Boyle
Chief Risk Officer
Hugh F. Boyle Mr. Boyle was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of the Company and the Bank, effective September 30, 2013, and served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Interim Chief Executive Officer and President of the Bank from January 23, 2017 until the appointment of Mr. Bowers in May 2017. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Boyle served as Chief Risk Officer for Flagstar Bank from 2012 to 2013 and as Chief Risk Officer (Caribbean Region) of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Boyle has over 30 years of enterprise risk management and credit, capital markets, and investment banking experience, as well as deep consumer and commercial banking and residential mortgage lending experience in both domestic and international markets. Mr. Boyle’s investment banking background includes 16 years in credit risk at Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers where he worked closely with financial institutions globally supporting their debt and equity capital market transactions, trading, M&A and strategic and credit rating advisory work. Mr. Boyle has senior executive experience managing risk and credit at CIBC First Caribbean International Bank and Washington Mutual. Mr. Boyle holds a Master’s degree and Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Rita H. Dailey
Rita H. Dailey
Head of Deposits and Treasury Management
Rita H. Dailey Ms. Dailey was appointed Executive Vice President, Deposits and Treasury Management in October 2017, and leads the Company’s deposit generation team and product strategies, with responsibility for deposits, specialty markets, treasury product sales and operations. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Dailey served in several positions for MUFG Union Bank, N.A. from 1993 to 2016 including Managing Director of Investment Banking and Markets, Division Manager – Specialized Markets, Division Manager – Commercial Treasury Services, as well as senior positions in the areas of corporate and commercial lending and credit underwriting. Ms. Dailey current serves as a board member for South Coast Repertory Theater and previously served as a board member for Big Brothers/Big Sisters Los Angeles and the National Organization for Women Business Owners. Ms. Dailey holds a B.A. in Economics from University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. in Finance from University of California, Los Angeles.
Kris A. Gagnon
Kris A. Gagnon
Chief Credit Officer
Kris A. Gagnon Mr. Gagnon was appointed Chief Credit Officer on February 7, 2018. Mr. Gagnon has extensive banking experience including several years of commercial banking centered in key credit roles for numerous institutions, as well as extensive knowledge of the Southern California market as well as diversified business sectors and verticals. Mr. Gagnon’s expertise is centered on building and refining commercial credit policies, systems and administration. Prior to joining the Company and the Bank, Mr. Gagnon served as Chief Credit Officer at OneWest Bank/CIT Bank from 2011 to 2016 and brings considerable expertise as a top tier credit executive in commercial banking. He also held various senior leadership roles at Bank of America for 30 years, including serving as Enterprise Credit Risk Executive, Chief Risk Officer of the Global Corporate and Commercial Bank and as Chief Credit Officer for the Commercial Banking, ABL, Leasing and Global Treasury Services divisions. He holds a B.A. from California State University – Fullerton.
Angelee J. Harris
Angelee J. Harris
General Counsel
Angelee J. Harris Ms. Harris has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel Banking for the Company since 2013 and, effective May 15, 2018, will begin serving as General Counsel for the Company and the Bank. Ms. Harris is a highly credentialed corporate attorney with expertise in corporate securities, M&A and bank operations and a track record of success in managing in-house responsibilities of a publicly traded bank holding company. Ms. Harris was a partner and associate with the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP for more than 11 years where she represented public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions and corporate governance. Additionally, for a period of three years prior to its acquisition, Ms. Harris acted as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the publicly traded company Placer Sierra Bancshares, the holding company of a commercial bank with more than $2 billion in assets. Ms. Harris has more than 14 years’ experience as a senior counselor and business partner and is adept at providing practical legal advice and identifying potential legal risks. Ms. Harris earned her B.A. from Brigham Young University and her J.D. from the University of Utah. She is licensed to practice law in both California and Utah.
Jason M. Pendergist
Jason M. Pendergist
Head of Real Estate Banking
Jason M. Pendergist Mr. Pendergist was appointed Executive Vice President, Head of Real Estate Banking on September 6, 2017. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Pendergist served as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Luther Burbank Savings from 2014 to 2015, and as President – Consumer & Commercial Banking in 2015 to 2017. He also spent more than twelve years at JP Morgan Chase serving in a variety of roles within the Commercial Term Lending business from 2002 to 2014. At JP Morgan Chase, Mr. Pendergist served as Senior Vice President overseeing the California market and later as Managing Director and Head of the Eastern Region. Mr. Pendergist currently serves as Vice-Chairman of Miracles for Kids, a nonprofit organization serving children with life-threatening illnesses and the families that care for them, and previously served as Chairman of the Commercial Real Estate Council for the American Bankers Association. Mr. Pendergist holds a Bachelor’s degree in communication and a MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Board of Directors - Banc of California, N.A.

Robert D. Sznewajs
Robert D. Sznewajs
Chair of the Board
Robert D. Sznewajs Mr. Sznewajs was the President and Chief Executive Officer of West Coast Bancorp from 2000 to 2013, an Oregon-based bank holding company which was sold in 2013 with $2.5 billion in assets. Mr. Sznewajs has held a variety of executive level roles in large financial services institutions, including Vice Chair of U.S. Bancorp; President and Chief Operating Officer of BankAmericard; Executive Vice President and Manager of Valley National Bancorp; and President and Chief Executive Officer of Michigan National Bank. In addition to nearly 40 years of experience in the areas of regulatory matters, operations and technology, consumer and commercial banking, sales and marketing, management of investment portfolios and mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Sznewajs has also served on several boards and executive committees, namely Outerwall, Inc. (formerly Coinstar); the Portland Branch Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; the Oregon’s Bankers Association; the United Way; the Association for Corporate Growth; and the Bates Group, LLC. Mr. Sznewajs received both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Detroit and is a CPA (status inactive).

In addition to Mr. Sznewajs’ responsibilities as the Board Chair, he is one of the Company’s Board-designated “audit committee financial experts” and he served as Chair of the Audit Committee prior to Mr. Lashley’s appointment to that position. His broad and deep experience in the banking industry, including having been the Chief Executive Officer of a publicly-held bank holding company, makes him a particularly valued member of the Board.
Halle J. Benett
Halle J. Benett
Director
Halle J. Benett Mr. Benett has been the Managing Director and Head of Financial Services Investing at Melody Capital Partners effective September 2016, for which his work frequently brings him to California. Prior to that, Mr. Benett was the Managing Director and Head of Diversified Financials Investment Banking at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, a Stifel Company. Mr. Benett has completed over 100 equity and debt capital raises in addition to having participated in more than 40 merger and acquisition transactions. Before joining Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in 2014, Mr. Benett was a Senior Advisor for Ares Management, working with the firm’s capital markets, private debt, private equity and real estate groups. Prior to that, Mr. Benett spent 16 years at UBS Financial Institutions, Investment Banking in the Americas serving as the head from 2011 through 2013 and as co-head from 2008 through 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Benett headed Global Specialty Finance at PaineWebber/UBS Investment Bank after having advanced from his role with the company as Managing Director. Mr. Benett began his career at Ryan, Beck & Co. and received his Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Rutgers University.

Mr. Benett’s wide range of experience in the financial services industry, including having worked with banks, thrifts, mortgage companies, insurance companies, alternative asset management companies and specialty finance companies, has considerably broadened the Board’s perspective. This has made him especially valuable in relation to the Company’s strategic initiatives, such as mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, and its assessment of opportunities in the capital markets. Mr. Benett has played a significant role in the Board’s recent corporate governance enhancements and stockholder outreach efforts and serves as a board-designated “audit committee financial expert” on the Audit Committee.
Douglas H. Bowers
Douglas H. Bowers
Director
Douglas H. Bowers Mr. Bowers was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank, and as a director of the Bank effective May 8, 2017 and was appointed as a director of the Company effective at the conclusion of the Company’s 2017 annual meeting of stockholders on June 9, 2017. Mr. Bowers is a veteran banking executive with over 35 years of banking experience. Mr. Bowers served as Chief Executive Officer of Square 1 Bank from 2011 until its sale to PacWest Bancorp in October 2015, and then served as President of Square 1 Bank, a division of Pacific Western Bank, until April 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Bowers held roles at Lone Star/Hudson Advisors, a leading private equity firm, and at Bank of America, where he spent nearly thirty years leading various divisions, including Commercial Banking, Corporate Banking, Leasing and Specialized Products. Mr. Bowers holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Economics from Ball State University.

Mr. Bowers’ deep and comprehensive background and his practical experience in growing commercial banking businesses directly align with the Company’s current focus, and ideally position him to make substantial contributions to the Board, both as a director and as the leader of the Company’s executive team.
Mary A. Curran
Mary A. Curran
Director
Mary A. Curran Ms. Curran spent 25 years at MUFG Union Bank, N.A., during which time she held several executive level positions, including Executive Vice President/Corporate Banking Chief Risk Officer from 2011 to 2014, and Executive Vice President/Head of The Private Bank at Union Bank from 2006 to 2011. During her time with Union Bank, Ms. Curran worked closely with its board and management to build an infrastructure focused on a strong, proactive, integrated and effective risk management. Ms. Curran was also tasked with improving the performance of Union Bank’s Wealth Management practice, a business unit with offices throughout California, Washington and Oregon.

Ms. Curran currently serves as Chair of San Diego State University’s Campanile Foundation Board and Executive Committee in addition to serving on the Nominating & Governance Committee and the Athletics Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors and Nominating/Governance Committee for Hunter Industries, a privately held global irrigation and landscape lighting manufacturing company. Previous board service includes: Chair of the California Bankers Association where she remains involved on the Banker Benefits Board and Chair of the San Diego Sports Commission. Ms. Curran is a current member of the Corporate Directors Forum, San Diego, The Corporate Director’s Roundtable of Orange County, Women Corporate Directors and the National Association for Corporate Directors (NACD). Ms. Curran is a NACD Governance Fellow, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a MBA from San Diego State University.

Ms. Curran’s broad range of experience in risk management and community involvement within the financial services industry, especially in California, in addition to her prior business and other leadership positions, have enhanced the Board’s perspective.

Barbara Fallon-Walsh
Director
Ms. Fallon-Walsh has more than 35 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry. From 1995 until her retirement in 2012, Ms. Fallon-Walsh was with The Vanguard Group, where she led both institutional and consumer focused businesses including Specialized Services (which included Brokerage, Annuities, and custody services to financial planners), High Net Worth Services (including Brokerage and Advice), Core Investor Services, Institutional Marketing and Institutional Retirement Plan Services, among other leadership positions. Prior to joining Vanguard, she was an Executive Vice President with Bank of America and a predecessor company, Security Pacific Bank, in California. Her banking leadership roles included retail banking, strategic planning, marketing, product management and electronic delivery, technology, residential mortgage product development and secondary marketing.

Ms. Fallon-Walsh currently serves as an independent director on the boards of Alliance Bernstein (NYSE: AB), where she chairs the Compensation and Workplace Practices and Governance committees, and MONY America, where she chairs the Investment Committee and serves on the Audit Committee. Previous board service includes various AXA companies such as AXA Equitable and AXA Financial, as well as Paris-based AXA Investment Managers, a €600 global asset management firm, where she served on the Remuneration and Audit committees. Ms. Fallon-Walsh is also a member of the Betterment for Business Advisory Board. Betterment is an online financial advisor bringing innovative retirement solutions to small businesses and their employees.

Ms. Fallon-Walsh received a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Liberal Arts and Management from Northeastern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of both Women Corporate Directors and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

As the newest member to the Boards of Directors of the Company and the Bank as of September 1, 2018, Ms. Fallon-Walsh’s comprehensive background in financial services, as well as her board experience and expertise in banking, particularly in California, will enrich the Board’s prospective.
Bonnie G. Hill
Bonnie G. Hill
Director
Bonnie G. Hill Dr. Hill has served as the President of B. Hill Enterprises, LLC, a consulting firm focusing on corporate governance, board organizational and public policy issues since 2001. She is also co-founder of Icon Blue, a brand marketing company founded in 1998 and based in Los Angeles. Dr. Hill has over 25 years of experience serving on numerous corporate boards with a wide-ranging career in business, government, education, and philanthropy. Currently, Dr. Hill is a faculty member of the NACD Board Advisory Services Program, is a founding member of the Lead Directors Network, and sits on the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership Advisory Committee for Columbia Law School and the National Board of 2020 Women on Corporate Boards. Dr. Hill has also served as a director of numerous publicly-held companies, including the California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT), The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD), Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) and AK Steel Holding Corp. (NYSE: AKS). Dr. Hill also co-chaired the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Building the Strategic-Asset Board published in 2016; served on the board of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation; and is a former member of Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Investor Advisory Group.

From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Hill served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Times Mirror Foundation and Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, for the Los Angeles Times. From 1992 to 1997 she served as Dean of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, and prior to that, Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency for the State of California. Dr. Hill has held a variety of presidential appointments, including Vice Chair of the Postal Rate Commission and Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education under President Reagan, and as Special Adviser to President George H. W. Bush for Consumer Affairs. She has chaired the Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee for the Securities and Exchange Commission and served on the board of directors of NASD Regulation, Inc. Prior to working in Washington, D.C., Dr. Hill served as a Vice President with Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation.

Dr. Hill has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mills College, a Master of Science degree from California State University, Hayward, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Hill’s extensive background in board leadership and corporate governance has significantly supported the Company’s ongoing efforts to improve its corporate governance practices as well as to broaden the Board’s perspective in business and throughout the communities the Company serves.

Richard J. Lashley
Richard J. Lashley
Director
Richard J. Lashley Mr. Lashley is Managing Member of PL Capital Advisors, LLC, a SEC registered investment advisory firm, and co-founder of PL Capital, LLC, a firm founded in 1996. PL Capital Advisors specializes in the banking industry and was named by the American Banker as one of the top community bank investors in the country. PL Capital is also one of the Company’s largest stockholders. Mr. Lashley’s primary responsibilities at PL Capital Advisors include portfolio management and research. Mr. Lashley has extensive experience serving on the boards of directors of numerous publicly-held and privately-held banks throughout the United States, including current service on the boards of directors of MutualFirst Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MFSF) and its subsidiary bank, MutualBank, and prior service on the boards of directors of Metro Bancorp, Inc. State Bancorp, Inc. and BCSB Bancorp, Inc. Mr. Lashley also has diverse experience as Chairman and/or member of numerous board committees. From 1994 to 1996, he was a Director in KPMG LLP’s corporate finance group, where he led a team providing merger and acquisition advisory services to banks throughout the country. From 1984 to 1993 he worked for KPMG LLP as a CPA providing professional accounting services to banks and other financial services companies in New York and New Jersey. From 1992 to 1993 he served as the Assistant to the Chairman of the AICPA Savings Institution Committee in Washington D.C. Mr. Lashley received an MBA from Rutgers University in 1984 and a B.S. from Oswego State University in 1980. He is licensed as a CPA in New Jersey (status inactive).

Mr. Lashley’s extensive experience at KPMG providing professional accounting and advisory services, as well as his service on numerous bank boards and his experience at PL Capital managing investments in the banking industry enable him to be a significant contributor to the Board. Mr. Lashley has been designated by the Board as an “audit committee financial expert” and is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee. Mr. Lashley was appointed as a director pursuant to a Cooperation Agreement between the Company and PL Capital Advisors and its affiliates dated as of February 8, 2017. For additional information, regarding the Cooperation Agreement, see Transactions with Related Persons.
Jonah F. Schnel
Jonah F. Schnel
Director
Jonah F. Schnel Mr. Schnel is the Chairman and President of Fast A/R Funding, a private company focused on lending to small businesses throughout the United States. Presently, Mr. Schnel also manages Timco CNG, a company operating public-access, compressed, natural gas stations in Southern California. Previously, Mr. Schnel led the recapitalization of National Capital Management, an acquirer and servicer of distressed consumer debt, and assisted management during that company’s significant growth through its acquisition by Portfolio Recovery Group, Inc. in 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Schnel was a Partner at ITU Ventures for seven years, a venture capital firm making early-stage investments in technology companies associated with innovation emerging from leading research universities in the United States. Earlier in his career, Mr. Schnel worked as a manager at SunAmerica Investments, Inc. in the real estate investment division with a primary focus on first lien lending in a diversified range of commercial real estate assets. Mr. Schnel currently serves as the Chair and President of the Southern California Chapter of the Tourette Association of America. Mr. Schnel completed the director training and certification program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and received his Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Tulane University.

Mr. Schnel’s diverse experience in founding and managing numerous privately-held companies and investments in various industries such as specialty finance and lending, alternative energy, gaming and technology, as well as his proficiency in commercial real estate and managerial oversight of a diverse set of finance-related businesses, has considerably strengthened the Board. His leadership, knowledge and experience are key assets to the oversight and risk-management of the Company’s strategic plan and regulatory obligations as Chair of the Enterprise Risk Committees.
W. Kirk Wycoff
W. Kirk Wycoff
Director
W. Kirk Wycoff Mr. Wycoff is Managing Partner of Patriot Financial Partners, a private equity fund headquartered in Philadelphia holding committed capital of $650 million, maintaining a long only, value-oriented buy and hold strategy designed to provide growth capital to financial services companies that require additional equity to grow. Prior to joining Patriot Financial Partners, Mr. Wycoff served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Bank Holdings, a de novo community bank serving the Philadelphia metro market, from 2005 to 2007, and from 1991 to 2004 he served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Progress Financial Corp. and Progress Bank. He currently serves on the boards of Porter Bancorp (NASDAQ: PBIB), Radius Bank and U.S. Century Bank, and recently served as a director of Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ: GBNK) and its subsidiary, Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, and Heritage Commerce Corp. (NASDAQ: HTBK) and its subsidiary, Heritage Bank of Commerce. Previous board positions held by Mr. Wycoff include Square 1 Financial, Inc., NewSpring Ventures-Fund I, NewSpring Mezzanine Fund as well as service on the boards of The Lincoln Center during which he served as Chair of its Finance Committee. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Franklin & Marshall College.

Mr. Wycoff’s 39 years in the banking industry, which includes 18 years of experience as an executive officer and more than 10 years in various director positions, brings extensive leadership and community banking experience to our Board, including executive management, risk, credit and resolution experience, public company expertise and risk assessment skills. As the Managing Partner of Patriot Financial Partners, he also provides the perspective of a significant investor in the Company.