Pacific Continental (PCBK) in Eugene, Ore., has named a new head for its operations around Seattle.

The $1.4 billion-asset company said Wednesday that Nazim Karmali had become its market president for Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma. Bob Harding, the previous Seattle market president, was named market president for the Portland, Ore., region.

Karmali joined Pacific Continental in March as a commercial banking manager. Previously, he worked at Opus Bank in Seattle as managing director.

Karmali's "experience in the Seattle banking market and demonstrated leadership as part of the Pacific Continental team will be crucial as we continue to enhance the bank's presence in the greater Seattle region," Hal Brown, Pacific Continental's chief executive, said in a press release.

In May, Pacific Continental executives said they planned to expand the company's health care lending practice, possibly by adding fee-generating businesses. Last year, it agreed to buy Century Bank, which had a branch in Eugene, for $13 million. Its previous acquisition was in 2005, when it bought Northwest Business Bank in Seattle.

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