Heritage Oaks Bancorp in Paso Robles, Calif., has named Jason Castle chief financial officer, following CFO Lonny Robinson's resignation after grooming him for the job.

The $1.8 billion-asset company named Castle CFO on Monday. Castle, 38, was previously chief accounting officer. He joined Heritage Oaks in January 2014 and has previously worked for an accounting firm and for Toyota Financial Savings Bank.

Robinson on Monday signed a consulting agreement with Heritage Oaks to assist with the transition.

Heritage Oaks hired Robinson in March 2014, a few days after it closed its acquisition of Mission Community Bancorp in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Robinson, who was 57 as of Heritage Oaks' April 30 proxy, was previously CFO at Banc of California, Private Bank of California and Hanmi Financial.

“Since Lonny joined us in March 2014 he has dutifully carried out the responsibilities of chief financial officer, and has done a nice job of mentoring Jason Castle, which is one of the things Lonny was brought in to do for us,” Simone Lagomarsino, chief executive, said in a news release.


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