Hanmi Bank in Los Angeles has hired executives to expand its customer base in Texas and Illinois.

The $3.1 billion-asset company said in separate press releases this week that Mohammad Tariq and Susan Kim had become regional presidents. Tariq is responsible for managing the bank's loan production and deposit activities in Texas; Kim will have similar duties in Illinois.

Tariq was previously chief lending officer at MetroBank in Houston, which was sold earlier this year to East West Bancorp, where he managed loan portfolio growth, commercial lending strategies and marketing plans. Tariq also was a chief loan officer at Golden Bank in Houston.

Tariq has "strong marketing capabilities, excellent leadership skills and a deep understanding of the Texas marketplace, "C.G. Kum, Hanmi's president and chief executive, said in press release.

Kim has 20 years of retail and commercial banking experience. She was most recently a division manager of Korean banking at MB Financial in Chicago.

"Kim's leadership, business development skills and knowledge of the Illinois market will greatly enhance our ability to serve the Korean, Chinese, South Asian and mainstream communities throughout the state," Kum said in another release.

Hanmi announced plans earlier this year to reclaim its leading place among banks focused on the Korean-American community.

Hanmi has 49 branches in six states, as well as loan production offices in four states.

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