Chinatrust in L.A. Picks Retail, Risk Chiefs

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Chinatrust Bank in Los Angeles has hired heads of risk management and retail banking.

Brian Constable became retail banking chief on July 1, the $1.5 billion-asset company announced Tuesday. He succeeds Brian Gregson, who resigned.

Constable is in charge of mortgage sales, wealth management, marketing and Chinatrust's branch network. The bank, which is the U.S. unit of Chinatrust Financial Holding in Taiwan, has 12 branches in California, New Jersey and New York.

Constable joined Chinatrust from Sunwest Bank (SWBC) in Irvine, Calif., where he had been chief commercial banking officer since 2007. Earlier he was with City National(CYN) in Los Angeles.

Separately, Chinatrust announced that Frida Bank became head of risk management and Bank Secrecy Act compliance on July 15. The position is new.

Bank joined Chinatrust from East West Bank in Pasadena, Calif., where she was director of compliance. She has also held compliance roles with Cathay Bank and Tokai Bank, both in Los Angeles.

Bank "has a stellar reputation in the banking community, and she brings us a tremendous track record in managing risk and compliance while optimizing growth opportunities," Noor Menai, president and chief executive of Chinatrust Bank, said in the news release. Bank "has managed teams with large asset portfolios and has the values and depth to lead our regulatory and risk compliance of our company."

Menai was named CEO of Chinatrust in January.

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