Daily News: November 18, 2019

Banc of California Taps Hopkins as EVP/CFO


Banc of California has appointed Lynn M. Hopkins as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the company and the bank.

Hopkins succeeds John Bogler, who resigned from the company effective November 13, 2019. Mike Smith, the company’s chief accounting officer, has been appointed interim CFO until Hopkins joins the company on December 9, 2019.

“I am thrilled to have Lynn join our executive leadership team,” said Jared Wolff, president and CEO of Banc of California. “Lynn is an exceptionally talented leader and finance executive. Having worked with her at PacWest for so many years, I know firsthand the tremendous contributions she will be able to make here at Banc of California.”

“I want to thank John Bogler for his contributions to the Company over the past several years. He helped the Company during a time of tremendous change, and we wish him the best in his next endeavors,” Wolff added.

Hopkins has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry including 15 years in executive finance positions at PacWest Bancorp. She joins the company from First Choice Bank, a publicly traded bank with $1.7 billion in assets, where she served as executive vice president of PacWest Bancorp and Pacific Western Bank.

Hopkins served as chief accounting officer of PacWest from 2014 to 2017, as chief financial officer of Pacific Western Bank from 2002 to 2014, as corporate secretary from 2009 to 2014, and as a director of Pacific Western Bank from 2002 to 2006. During her time at PacWest, the company grew from $1 billion in assets to more than $20 billion in assets, partially driven by more than 25 acquisitions. Earlier in her career, Hopkins held senior finance positions at California Community Bancshares and Western Bancorp. She began her career as a CPA with KPMG in Los Angeles and London.