Leadership

 

Mr. Rama Mohan Rao Amara 

President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Rama Mohan Rao Amara, who is currently P&CEO of the Bank, has been serving as Director in the Board since April 2016. Prior to his appointment at State Bank of India (California), Mr. Amara served as CEO of Chicago office of parent bank viz. State Bank of India. He has 27 years of experience in Commercial Banking, having worked in different geographies. Mr. Amara is a strong change agent with expertise in business strategy, risk management and helped the bank achieve balanced growth, improved earnings, while complying with all applicable regulations. Mr. Amara is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Financial Risk Manager (FRM). 


 

Mr. Richard Koh

EVP & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Richard Koh is the EVP&CFO of the Bank and has over 23 years of experience in public accounting and commercial banking. Mr. Koh was EVP&CFO of Pacific Commerce Bank, and was the Controller at the Center Financial Corporation, a publicly traded company. While there, he was deeply involved in taking the company public, SEC 10-K and 10-Q reporting, implementing FDICIA and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) internal controls. Mr. Koh is experienced in mergers and acquisitions, turning around troubled financial institutions, implementing sound policies and procedures, developing business strategies, budgeting, and risk management. Mr. Koh has Bachelor’s in Accounting, Master’s in Corporate Taxation from the University of Southern California and is a member of the California Society of CPAs.


 

Mr. David Wong

SVP & Chief Credit Officer

Mr. David Wong is the SVP, Chief Credit Officer of the Bank and has extensive lending and banking experience. He started with the bank in July of 2016. He oversees the Banks lending portfolio and is actively involved in developing and implementing the Loan Policies and Procedures for the Bank.


 

Mr. Jay Patel

SVP & Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Patel is the SVP, Chief Operating Officer at the Bank and he oversees both Branch and Back-Office Operations including Information Technology, Marketing and Human Resources. Mr. Patel began his banking career in 1996 with World Savings Bank in Santa Barbara, CA. Since then he has served in a variety of roles with multiple banks in operations, lending, finance, and technology. He has also worked in the FI specialty group at RSM US, LLP providing community banks with attestation and advisory services. Since joining State Bank of India (California), Mr. Patel has held several senior management roles prior to his current position and has also previously served as the Bank’s Information Security Officer for 3 years. Mr. Patel received his B.A. degree in Business Economics and Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a licensed CPA (inactive). He lives in Yorba Linda, CA with his wife and two children.


 

Mr. Srinivasa Vallamchitti  

SVP & Regional Manager

Mr. Srinivasa Vallamchitti is the SVP, Regional Manager of the Bank. Mr. Vallamchitti oversees the management of all the seven branches of SBIC and guides them in achieving their performance targets. He is a strong leader with over 27 years of experience in retail banking and corporate finance in the US, India, and in Maldives. Mr. Vallamchitti is certified in ACAMS and has an MBA in Finance.


 

Ms. Shannon Harrison

SVP &Chief Compliance Officer & CRA Officer

Ms. Shannon Harrison is the SVP, Chief Compliance Officer, CRA Officer, and Information Security Officer, of the Bank. Ms. Harrison has been in the Banking industry for about 25 years. Ms. Harrison possess a strong background in regulatory compliance management, operations management, and retail banking management. She is a strong forward-thinking leader with a focus on goal attainment, process improvement, sustained program enhancement, and rallying Bank personnel to reach desired outcomes. Ms. Harrison is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS), ISACA COBIT 5 Certified, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.

 

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