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Banc of California Announces New Community Banking Leaders

Executives will lead nation’s premier relationship-based business bank in key markets of Los Angeles and Denver

Banc of California, a wholly owned subsidiary of Banc of California Inc. (NYSE: BANC), announced today that it has promoted several leaders in Community Banking, which provides in-market relationship lending and treasury management solutions through its network of branches and regional offices.

  • Chris Baron has been promoted to President, Community Banking, to oversee Banc of California’s five regions in California and Colorado, along with its national asset-based lending business finance team. Baron has more than two decades of commercial banking experience and previously served as President of the bank’s Los Angeles Region. He will succeed Chris Blake, who is remaining with the company during this strategically planned transition. Baron is based in Beverly Hills, California, and reports to Hamid Hussain, President of Banc of California. Baron also sits on the board of Good Shepherd Catholic School in Beverly Hills, where he is chair of the finance committee. In addition, he sits on the BANC Foundation board for Banc of California.
  • Brian Ishida has been promoted to President of the Los Angeles Region, succeeding Baron. He oversees commercial banking functions in Los Angeles County, including lending teams in downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Century City, Encino, Warner Center, West Los Angeles and the South Bay. Previously, Ishida was Executive Vice President and Regional Manager for the bank, a role he held since 2017. He is based in downtown Los Angeles and reports to Baron.
  • In Denver, Chris Erickson has been named President of the Colorado Region, a newly created position, reporting to Baron. Prior to joining Banc of California through the merger with PacWest Bancorp, Erickson led the Commercial Real Estate Banking team in the Denver area for Pacific Western Bank, covering the greater Rocky Mountain region. Erickson is also active in the Denver community. He is on the board of Developmental Pathways, which supports individuals with disabilities and their families in Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas and Elbert counties.

“These key promotions will allow us to continue serving our clients at the highest level,” Hussain said. “Banc of California is known for its customized banking solutions and superior client service, and I’m certain that these leaders and their teams will continue to build upon our reputation for helping clients to reach their business and financial goals.”

  • Pictures of Baron, Ishida and Erickson are available here.

About Banc of California, Inc.

Banc of California, Inc. (NYSE: BANC) is a bank holding company with over $38 billion in assets and the parent company of Banc of California. Banc of California is one of the nation’s premier relationship-based business banks, providing banking and treasury management services to small-, middle-market, and venture-backed businesses. Banc of California is the third largest bank headquartered in California and offers a broad range of loan and deposit products and services through more than 90 full-service branches throughout California and in Denver, Colorado, and Durham, North Carolina, as well as through regional offices nationwide. The bank also provides full-stack payment processing solutions through its subsidiary, Deepstack Technologies, and serves the Community Association Management industry nationwide with its technology-forward platform, SmartStreet. The bank is committed to its local communities by supporting organizations that provide financial literacy and job training, small business support, affordable housing, and more. For more information, please visit us at


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