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Sunwest Bank appoints new CEO

Bank President Chris Walsh succeeds outgoing chief executive Glenn Gray

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: May 25, 2012 11:45 AM

Sunwest Bank, a community bank based in Irvine, has a new CEO following the departure of Glenn Gray. The Board of Directors has named the bank’s president, Chris Walsh, as the company’s new chief executive officer. Walsh will continue in his role as president, in addition to his new position.

Gray, who left the bank in order to pursue other opportunities, was named an OC Metro Hot 25 honoree in 2009.

“On behalf of Sunwest Bank, we thank Glenn for his leadership and vision for the past six years. We wish him well in his future endeavors,” Walsh said.

Chris Walsh is a veteran of the community banking industry, and has spent several years serving Sunwest Bank as president, overseeing the California and Arizonia regional areas and the managing the development of new and existing client relationships. In his new role as CEO, he will be responsible for supervising the daily operations of the bank.

Among his other commitments, Walsh is also an enthusiastic community volunteer, dedicating his time to a number of local organizations and charitable groups, including the Mission Hospital Foundation and the Orangewood Children’s Foundation.

Over its 40-year history, Sunwest Bank has built a reputation as one of the strongest community financial institutions in the western United States. The bank holds assets amounting to more than $612 million, and specializes in services for small- to medium-sized businesses. Among other specialty practices, the company also offers services in assisted living and healthcare related businesses and is an industry leader in homeowner association management banking

In recent months, Sunwest Bank has stepped up its efforts to inform customers of banking scams and phishing attempts masquerading as legitimate services and information from the FDIC and other financial institutions.

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