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Hanmi Financial CEO Chong Guk 'C.G.' Kum charts course for growth

Hanmi Financial CEO Chong Guk 'C.G.' Kum charts course for growth

The gig: Chong Guk "C.G." Kum is president and chief executive of Hanmi Financial Corp., the oldest bank based in L.A.'s Koreatown. Nearly 10% of Hanmi's loans were delinquent in 2010. But the bank has cut that to 1%, raised capital and in June it hired Kum, a veteran of mainstream community banks, to chart a course for growth. The mission, he says, is "to make Hanmi what it used to be: the premier Korean American bank."

First big deal: The bank entered into an agreement last month to buy Central Bancorp, a troubled Texas bank with Asian American clients.

Personal: Kum (rhymes with "room") left...

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