James J. Kim will succeed James M. Ford as president and CEO of Central Valley Community Bank as the accomplished CEO will retire on Nov. 1

FRESNO – It won’t be hard for employees to remember the first name of their CEO at Central Valley Community Bank, because it’s the same as the last one.

Earlier this month, the board of directors of Central Valley Community Bancorp, the parent company for Fresno-based Central Valley Community Bank (CVCB), announced executive vice president and COO James J. Kim will succeed current president and CEO James M. Ford. Kim will officially take over as president and CEO of the bank on Nov. 1, 2021. Daniel J. Doyle will continue as chairman of the board of the company and bank.

“An experienced leader with proven success in the financial services sector, James is highly regarded by our Company and an exceptional choice to be our next president and CEO. We look forward to the vision, leadership and perspective he will bring to the role,” said Doyle. “On behalf of our entire Board, we thank Jim Ford for his many positive contributions toward the bank and company’s success as one of Central California’s leading community banks.”

Ford previously notified the board in March 2021 of his intention to retire from the bank following the transition to new leadership. In preparation for Ford’s retirement, the board of directors established a search committee in the second quarter of 2021 to commence a formal search to fill the position of company and bank president and CEO.

“I am honored and energized to help lead and further the success of our 41-year-old Bank,” Kim stated. “The importance of community banking has never been more compelling and it is highly rewarding to guide an extraordinary and diverse team that is so passionate about providing exceptional service to our clients and communities.”

Kim has over 21 years of leadership and financial expertise, the last four with CVCB. Prior to joining the bank in 2018, he served in the positions of chief executive officer, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and controller for community banks in the Greater Sacramento region, including Community 1st Bank, North Valley Bancorp, Calnet Business Bank and Feather River State Bank. Kim’s extensive experience in strategic planning, regulatory relationships, team-building, management and client service—as well as his strong community commitment—have laid the foundation for his leadership.

Kim first worked in assurance services for Arthur Andersen, LLP, an international business firm in Sacramento. His education includes earning an MBA and BS in accountancy from California State University, Sacramento. An active community steward, Kim professionally and personally provides support to a wide range of community nonprofits, including community foundations, education, youth causes, health care and food insecurity organizations.

“It has been my privilege to share the oversight of the bank and company’s growth over the past eight years to its current level of success,” Ford said. “I am proud to have served alongside so many talented executives and teammates whose commitment to our mission and core values is second to none.”

Central Valley Community Bank has experienced steady financial success since Ford joined the company in 2014. Highlights included nearly doubling assets to over $2.3 billion as of June 30, 2021, and growing tangible book value per share from $8.10 to $15.93. Additionally, the bank saw significant growth in its Greater Sacramento region, expanding business relationships organically and through two acquisitions, and built an outstanding team of committed bankers strongly committed to exceptional client service and community support.

Central Valley Community Bancorp trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol “CVCY.” The bank operates 20 full-service banking centers throughout California’s San Joaquin Valley and Greater Sacramento Region. Additionally, CVCB maintains Commercial Real Estate, Agribusiness and SBA Lending Departments.

More information about Central Valley Community Bancorp and Central Valley Community Bank can be found at www.cvcb.com. Visit the bank on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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