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O.C. bank's young CEO has long resume, stellar credentials

O.C. bank's young CEO has long resume, stellar credentials

The gig: Steven Sugarman, 41, is chief executive of Banc of California, an Irvine lender that’s one of the largest and fastest-growing banks in Southern California. He became CEO of the bank’s holding company, Banc of California Inc., in 2012, at age 38 — young for any chief executive, especially in the stodgy world of banking. But Sugarman had impeccable academic credentials and a mile-long resume that preceded his assumption of the bank’s top post.

Local roots: Sugarman was born in Pasadena and grew up in Fullerton, where his parents still live. His father, Michael, is a retired rheumatologist; his...

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