Sanwa Bank California, Los Angeles, has hired John Bakker as vice president and manager of its Long Beach commercial banking center.

He will be responsible for commercial banking operations in the Long Beach-South Bay region of Los Angeles.

Mr. Bakker was a commercial banking executive in Long Beach and Los Angeles for Union Bank of California, which is mostly owned by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi.

He came to Union from Security Pacific Bank, for which he worked in Los Angeles and in Frankfurt, Germany. BankAmerica Corp. bought Security Pacific in 1992.

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