Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Executive Officers

Christopher D. Blake
Executive Vice President, President & CEO, Community Banking Group
Mr. Blake is Executive Vice President, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Banking group of the Company and Pacific Western Bank. Mr. Blake served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources of the Company and Pacific Western Bank from April 2014 to November 2018. Mr. Blake has served on the board of directors for California Domestic Water Company, a wholesale water distribution company since November 18, 2016 and its wholly owned subsidiary Cadway, Inc. where he serves as a member of the Human Resources, Asset Management and Audit Committees. Mr. Blake was President of the Eastern Region of Pacific Western Bank when Pacific Western National Bank was acquired by the Company on January 31, 2002 and Mr. Blake served in that position until April 2014. Mr. Blake joined Pacific Western National Bank in October 1994 and served as chief credit officer until being appointed chief operating officer in December 1999.
Laird M. Boulden
Executive Vice President, President, National Lending Group
Mr. Boulden is Executive Vice President and President of the National Lending Group of the Company and Pacific Western Bank. Mr. Boulden has served as a Director of Pacific Western Bank since May 2018. Mr. Boulden served as Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer of the CapitalSource Division of Pacific Western Bank from April 2014 to June 2018. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Boulden served as the President of CapitalSource Inc. from October 2011 to April 2014 and as the Chief Lending Officer of CapitalSource Bank from January 2012 to April 2014. Mr. Boulden served as Managing Director of CapitalSource Inc.’s Corporate Finance Group from May 2011 to October 2011 and Managing Director of CapitalSource Inc.’s Corporate Asset Finance Group from February 2010 to May 2011. Earlier in his career, Mr. Boulden was co founder of Tygris Commercial Finance, where he served as President of Tygris Asset Finance. Prior to that, Mr. Boulden served as President and CEO of RBS Asset Finance, Inc., a division of RBS Citizens, N.A. Prior to that, he served as a Group President of Heller Financial Inc.
Mark A. Christian
Executive Vice President, Operations & Systems
Mr. Christian is Executive Vice President, Operations & Systems Administrator of the Company and Pacific Western Bank. Mr. Christian joined the Company in 2000 with its acquisition of Rancho Santa Fe National Bank where he had been senior vice president of operations since 1997.
Rebecca H. Cordes
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Ms. Cordes has served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources of the Company and Pacific Western Bank since December 2018. Ms. Cordes held various positions at First Western Financial, Inc. including, EVP, Director of Support Services, Director of Human Capital and Senior Operations Officer for First Western Capital Management, a registered investment advisory firm from 2008 to 2018. Prior to 2008, Ms. Cordes held various positions at US Bank over a 25 year period, including SVP/Senior Managing Director Private Client Group, SVP Regional Small Business Lending Manager, District Operations Sales and Services Manager, VP Human Resources and VP Director of Internal Audit. Ms. Cordes served on the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Board of Directors from 2003 to 2012, including as the Board Chair from 2010 to 2011. Ms. Cordes served on the Rocky Mountain Junior Achievement board of directors where she served on the finance committee and executive committee from 2004 to 2016. Ms. Cordes was appointed in 2014 to the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care for a three year term by Governor John Hickenlooper.
Bryan M. Corsini
Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer
Mr. Corsini is Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of the Company and Executive Vice President of Pacific Western Bank and he has served as a director of Pacific Western Bank since 2016. Mr. Corsini served as the executive vice president and chief administrative officer of CapitalSource Bank from October 2011 to April 2014. Mr. Corsini previously served as president, credit administration of CapitalSource Bank from July 2008 to October 2011 and as chief credit officer from CapitalSource Inc.’s inception in 2000 until July 2008. Mr. Corsini was an executive vice president with Fleet Capital Corporation, a commercial finance company from 1986 to 2000.
Stanley R. Ivie
Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer
Mr. Ivie is Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer of the Company and Pacific Western Bank. Mr. Ivie serves on the board of directors of the Western Bankers Association where he serves as a member of the Federal Government Relations Committee and he is on the board of directors of the Pacific Bankers Management Institute for Pacific Coast Banking School. Mr. Ivie served as the regional director for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (“FDIC”) San Francisco Region from April 2007 to March 2016. Prior to serving as the regional director for the FDIC’s San Francisco Region, Mr. Ivie served as regional director for the FDIC’s Dallas Region. Prior to serving as regional director in the FDIC’s Dallas and San Francisco Regions, Mr. Ivie served as the deputy director for the Division of Resolutions and Receiverships (the “Division”), where he directed field operations nationwide for the Division. Mr. Ivie also served in an interim capacity as director of the Office of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. Mr. Ivie previously served in various capacities in Washington, D.C., including assistant director and senior congressional liaison for the Division.
Kori L. Ogrosky
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Ms. Ogrosky is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company and Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Pacific Western Bank. Ms. Ogrosky was senior vice president and general counsel of CapitalSource Inc. from January 2012 to April 2014. Ms. Ogrosky served in various roles in CapitalSource’s legal department since 2005. Ms. Ogrosky was an associate at White & Case LLP from November 1999 to November 2004, where she focused on corporate and securities laws, corporate finance and governance matters.
Bart R. Olson
Executive Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Olson is Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer of the Company and Pacific Western Bank. Mr. Olson served as a managing director in the chief financial officer division of Credit Suisse Group where he was the Global Head of Liquidity Measurement and Reporting from March 2014 to February 2017 and served as the Deputy Controller Americas Region from May 2013 to March 2014. Mr. Olson spent twenty three years in public accounting, including fifteen years with KPMG LLP from 1998 to 2013, nine of which were as an audit partner. Mr. Olson is a licensed certified public accountant in California.
James J. Pieczynski
Executive Vice President & Vice Chairman
Mr. Pieczynski has served as a director of the Company since 2014, where he serves as a member of the ALM and Risk Committees. Mr. Pieczynski is also a director of Pacific Western Bank. Mr. Pieczynski is Executive Vice President, Vice Chairman of the Company and the Bank since June 2018. Mr. Pieczynski was Executive Vice President of the Company and President of the CapitalSource Division of Pacific Western Bank from April 2014 to June 2018. Mr. Pieczynski served as a director of CapitalSource Inc. from January 2010 to April 2014 and as chief executive officer of CapitalSource Inc. from January 2012 to April 2014. Mr. Pieczynski also served as president of CapitalSource Bank from January 2012 to April 2014 and he was a member of the board of directors of CapitalSource Bank from January 2013 to April 2014. Mr. Pieczynski also serves on the board of directors, chairs the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees of LTC Properties, Inc., a self administered real estate investment trust. Mr. Pieczynski also serves as a director for the Conejo Teen Organization, Inc. and Sherwood Cares, both of which are nonprofit organizations.
Patrick J. Rusnak
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Rusnak is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and Pacific Western Bank. Mr. Rusnak is also a director of Pacific Western Bank. Mr. Rusnak served as chief financial officer for Sterling Financial Corporation from January 2011 to April 2014. Mr. Rusnak previously served in several executive roles for AmericanWest Bancorporation, including as chief executive officer from July 2008 to December 2010.
Frank Tower
Executive Vice President, President, Venture Banking Group
Mr. Tower is Executive Vice President and President of the Venture Banking Group of the Company and Pacific Western Bank where he leads the technology, life sciences and venture capital practices across the country. Mr. Tower served as executive vice president at Square 1 Bank from January 2014 until October 2016. Previous experience also includes roles as senior vice president and senior credit officer during his 10 year tenure at Silicon Valley Bank. Mr. Tower is a founding general partner of Gold Hill Capital Management, LLC, an independent venture debt firm and he has over 20 years of experience financing high growth, venture backed technology and life science companies.
Matthew P. Wagner
President & CEO, PacWest Bancorp & Pacific Western Bank
Mr. Wagner has been the President and CEO of PacWest Bancorp and Pacific Western Bank and a director of the Company since 2000 and he is currently a member of the ALM, Risk and Executive Committees. Mr. Wagner also serves on Pacific Western Bank’s Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

Tanya M. Acker
Ms. Acker has served as a director of the Company since 2016 and she is currently a member of the Risk Committee. Ms. Acker has served as a director of Rainbow Services, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to victims of domestic violence since March 2017. Ms. Acker is an attorney and arbitrator who has served as one of three judges on a syndicated television court program since 2014. Ms. Acker has served as a trustee and as a member of various committees of the Board of Trustees of Pacific Battleship Center, a nonprofit organization that operates the Battleship IOWA museum since 2015. Ms. Acker has served on the board of Public Counsel since 2008, an organization that provides free legal services and she is a member of the Douglas Dinner, Executive and Nominating Committees. Ms. Acker is also Of Counsel at Progress, LLP where her practice focuses on business counseling and litigation. Ms. Acker has served as a director, member of the Executive Committee and legal counsel for the Western Los Angeles County Council of the Boy Scouts of America since 2013. Ms. Acker has served on the Executive Board of the Western Region of the Boy Scouts of America since 2018, and she serves on the Boy Scouts of America board where she is on the National Executive Board and Diversity Committee. Ms. Acker has served as a trustee of the Boy Scouts of America Foundation since 2018. Ms. Acker has served as a director of the Western Justice Center, a nonprofit organization that promotes alternative dispute resolution since 2011 and she is a member of the Program Committee. Ms. Acker is also the owner, president and chief executive officer of Free Eagle Ventures, Inc., a California loan out company. Ms. Acker operated her own private law practice from 2005 until 2013, after which she joined the firm Goldberg, Lowenstein and Weatherwax.
Paul R. Burke
Mr. Burke has served as a director of the Company since 2015 and he is currently chairperson of the ALM Committee and a member of the Audit, CNG and Executive Committees. Mr. Burke is an officer and director of Northaven Management, Inc., a privately owned investment management firm that he co founded in 1995 that focuses exclusively on equity investments in the financial services industry. Mr. Burke is also managing director and serves on the board of directors for Kilowatt Labs, Inc., a company that designs, manufactures and sells energy storage and power management solutions. Mr. Burke has served as a director of Optisure Risk Holdings, Inc., formerly known as Kinloch Holdings, Inc., a private insurance brokerage firm since 2009 and he has served as its chairman and president since 2015 and he previously served as acting chief executive officer. Mr. Burke served as director of Square 1 Financial, Inc., a publicly traded financial services company that the Company acquired on October 6, 2015, where he served as chairman of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit, Asset Liability and various other Committees from 2010 to 2015. He also served as a director of Square 1 Bank from 2012 until 2015. Mr. Burke served as a director of Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded property and casualty insurer, from 2001 to 2014, where he chaired the Audit Committee and served as a member of various other committees.
Craig A. Carlson
Mr. Carlson has served as a director of the Company since 2010 and he is currently chairperson of the Risk Committee and member of the Audit and Executive Committees. Mr. Carlson is currently a self employed, financial institution consultant and California real estate broker. He was formerly a bank regulator for 36 years and has over 26 years of experience supervising a bank examination staff of over 125 individuals. Mr. Carlson was senior deputy commissioner and chief examiner of the Banking Program for the California Department of Financial Institutions (“DFI”), currently known as the California Department of Business Oversight, from March 2007 until his retirement in June 2010. In this position, he was responsible for the supervision and regulation of all state chartered commercial and industrial banks as well as other institutions and he served as a key advisor to the Commissioner of the DFI. Previously, he held positions for the DFI as senior deputy commissioner and deputy commissioner for the San Diego/Orange County Region for the DFI. Mr. Carlson has been a faculty member of the California Banking School and is an active member of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors where he presently serves as a member of its Accreditation Review team.
John M. Eggemeyer
Chairman
Mr. Eggemeyer is Chairman of the Board of the Company, a position he has held since 2000 when the Company was founded and he is currently the chairperson of the Executive Committee. Mr. Eggemeyer has been an investor, executive and financial advisor in the field of commercial banking for over 30 years. Mr. Eggemeyer is founder and managing principal of Castle Creek Capital LLC, a private equity firm founded in 1990 that specializes in the financial services industry. Mr. Eggemeyer has served as a director of The Bancorp, Inc. since December 2016. Mr. Eggemeyer currently serves as a trustee of Northwestern University where he serves on the Finance and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committees. Mr. Eggemeyer served as a director of Guaranty Bancorp from 2004 until 2018 and Heritage Commerce Corp. from August 2010 to December 2016.
C. William Hosler
Mr. Hosler is the Lead Independent Director and has served as a director of the Company since 2014 and he is currently a member of the Audit, CNG and Executive Committees. Mr. Hosler is the chief financial officer and member of the board of directors of Catellus Acquisition Company, LLC, a commercial real estate property ownership, management and development company. Mr. Hosler also serves as a director of Fantex, Inc., a Delaware brand building company, where he chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Conflicts Committee. Mr. Hosler also serves as a director of the Claremont Country Club where he is the treasurer and is a member of the Building and Finance Committees. Mr. Hosler also serves as chair of the City of Piedmont Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee. Mr. Hosler served as a director of CapitalSource Inc. from 2007 until 2014. Mr. Hosler previously served on the board of directors, Audit Committee and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee of Parkway Properties, Inc., a self administered, real estate investment trust.
Susan E. Lester
Ms. Lester has served as a director of the Company since 2003 and she is currently the chairperson of the Audit Committee and member of the ALM, Risk and Executive Committees. Ms. Lester has served as a public director for The Options Clearing Corporation, an equity derivatives clearing organization where she chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee since April 2016. Ms. Lester is also a trustee of the Francis Parker School where she serves as the chair of the Finance Committee and she is a member of the Compensation and Executive Committees. Ms. Lester served as a director of Arctic Cat, Inc., a publicly traded company, from 2004 to March 2017 where she chaired the Audit Committee and was a member of the Governance Committee. Ms. Lester served as a director from December 2010 until January 2014, where she was a member of the Audit, Governance and Risk and Compliance Committees of Lender Processing Services, Inc. Ms. Lester is a former trustee and treasurer of Hazeltine National Golf Club and a former chair of the Board of Trustees of the College of St. Benedict.
Roger H. Molvar
Mr. Molvar has served as a director of the Company since 2014 and he is currently a member of the Audit, CNG and Risk Committees. Mr. Molvar is currently a private investor. Mr. Molvar has served on the board of directors of First Financial Northwest, Inc., First Financial Northwest Bank and First Financial Diversified Corporation (collectively, “First Financial”) since 2015 and he has served as the chairman of the board of all three First Financial entities since June 2017. As a board member of First Financial, Mr. Molvar is a member of the Compensation and Awards Committee and he chairs the Audit/Compliance/Risk Committee. Mr. Molvar is the chair of the SEC and Financial Reporting Institute at the University of Southern California and is a member of the Audit Committee Network. Mr. Molvar served as a director of CapitalSource Bank from its formation in 2008 until its merger with Pacific Western Bank in 2014 and he previously served as a director and a member of the Audit Committee of Farmers and Merchants Bank of Long Beach, California.
James J. Pieczynski
Mr. Pieczynski has served as a director of the Company since 2014, where he serves as a member of the ALM and Risk Committees. Mr. Pieczynski is also a director of Pacific Western Bank. Mr. Pieczynski is Executive Vice President, Vice Chairman of the Company and the Bank since June 2018. Mr. Pieczynski was Executive Vice President of the Company and President of the CapitalSource Division of Pacific Western Bank from April 2014 to June 2018. Mr. Pieczynski served as a director of CapitalSource Inc. from January 2010 to April 2014 and as chief executive officer of CapitalSource Inc. from January 2012 to April 2014. Mr. Pieczynski also served as president of CapitalSource Bank from January 2012 to April 2014 and he was a member of the board of directors of CapitalSource Bank from January 2013 to April 2014. Mr. Pieczynski also serves on the board of directors, chairs the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees of LTC Properties, Inc., a self administered real estate investment trust. Mr. Pieczynski also serves as a director for the Conejo Teen Organization, Inc. and Sherwood Cares, both of which are nonprofit organizations.
Daniel B. Platt
Mr. Platt has served as a director of the Company since 2003 and he is currently a member of the ALM and Risk Committees. Mr. Platt is a former executive vice president of the Company and he oversaw the Special Assets Group of Pacific Western Bank from November 2009 until his retirement in April 2014. Mr. Platt served as a director of Pacific Western Bank from November 2009 until April 2014. Mr. Platt serves as a director for a number of charitable organizations including: (i) A Step Beyond where he serves as chairman and was previously treasurer, (ii) The Barnabus Group where he also serves as treasurer and (iii) the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation where he serves as treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee.
Robert A. Stine
Mr. Stine has served as a director of the Company since 2000 when the Company was founded and he is currently the chairperson of the CNG Committee and member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Stine has served as a director of Bolthouse Properties, LLC, a privately held real estate development and land management company based in Kern County, California since 2015. Mr. Stine is also a director of Rancho Santa Fe Foundation where he chairs the Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committee. Mr. Stine is the former president and chief executive officer of Tejon Ranch Co., a publicly traded real estate development and agri business company, which positions he held from May 1996 until his retirement in December 2013. Mr. Stine also served as a director of Tejon Ranch Co. from 1996 until May 2015. He was also a founding director of Valley Republic Bank, a community bank located in Kern County, California, a position he held from 2008 until May 2015.
Matthew P. Wagner
Mr. Wagner has been the President and CEO of PacWest Bancorp and Pacific Western Bank and a director of the Company since 2000 and he is currently a member of the ALM, Risk and Executive Committees. Mr. Wagner also serves on Pacific Western Bank’s Board of Directors.
Mark T. Yung
Mr. Yung has served as a director of the Company since 2017 and he is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Committees. Mr. Yung is co founder and managing principal of OCV Management, LLC, an investor, owner and operator of technology and life science companies based in Los Angeles since 2016. Mr. Yung served as managing director of Orchard Capital Corp. (“Orchard Capital”), a firm he joined in 2006. Mr. Yung serves in various senior capacities including, among others, as chairman and chief executive officer of Presbia PLC, an ophthalmic device company, executive chairman of the board of directors of Environmental Solutions Worldwide, Inc., a clean technology company focused on the reduction of diesel emissions, chief financial officer and director of Polymer Plainfield Holdings, Inc., an OEM automotive supplier with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, chairman of the board of Vantage Surgical Systems, Inc., director of Red Carpet Cinema Corporation and as a director and/or officer of Coreolis Holdings and Tradewinds Holdings. Prior to joining Orchard Capital, Mr. Yung served as a senior vice president in the Corporate Strategy and Merger and Acquisitions groups of Citigroup in New York and ABN AMRO in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Prior to his corporate strategy roles, Mr. Yung served as an investment professional at JPMorgan Partners (“JPMP”). At JPMP, Mr. Yung focused on venture capital, growth equity and buyout transactions in Latin America and served as a board member for various emerging companies in the region. Mr. Yung began his career in 1996 at Chase Securities, Inc., focusing on leveraged finance for cross border buyouts and privatizations.