Bonnie Lee

Banking and Finance 2023

President & CEO
Hanmi Bank

In May 2019, Bonnie Lee became the first female CEO in Hanmi Bank’s 40-year history and one of only 10 female CEOs in the public banking industry. She joined Hanmi in August 2013 as senior executive vice president and chief operating officer and was promoted to president in 2018.

Since becoming CEO, Lee has led the bank through a significant multi-year business transformation positioning Hanmi for strong growth. During her tenure, Hanmi has strengthened and grown its balance sheet, diversified its loan portfolio, invested in back-end technology to improve operations and data analytics, increased loan production, enhanced digital banking capabilities, improved customer experience, and invested significantly in training the next generation of bankers. Under her leadership, the bank has also formalized and expanded its successful Corporate Korea Initiative to provide financial services to South Korean companies operating in the U.S.