John Sotoodeh

Chief Operating Officer, Banc Of California


John Sotoodeh is the Chief Operating Officer of Banc of California. In his role as COO of the Company, Mr. Sotoodeh oversees a broad range of services across the Company, including operations, technology and payments platforms, along with strategic initiatives. Mr. Sotoodeh is an inspirational, strategic leader with over 30 years of experience leading complex businesses in the financial services industry. As an executive who has led retail and business banking operations across 15 states and over 16,000 team members, he has a proven track record of cultivating a talented and diverse team. He has extensive expertise in spearheading change in an ever-evolving environment, including leading multiple innovative strategies while prioritizing a strong and clear culture.

Prior to joining Banc of California, Mr. Sotoodeh held several key executive positions at Wells Fargo Bank, where he enjoyed an almost 30 year tenure. Most recently, Mr. Sotoodeh held the position of EVP and Regional Banking Executive for the Southwest Region. In this strategic leadership role he managed all aspects of the Consumer and Small Business Banking divisions and played a significant role developing and implementing key business strategies for the company. He also served as the chair of the Community Banking reputation committee.

Mr. Sotoodeh cares deeply about social causes focused on education, homelessness and ending hunger. He has served on numerous boards including United Way Los Angeles, Bankwork$, Greater Houston Partnership, Texas Business Leaders Council, KCET Television and San Diego Food Bank.

Mr. Sotoodeh is an active member of Young Presidents Organization. He has also participated in an Executive Program at Harvard Business School and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. Mr. Sotoodeh earned his BS in Finance at San Jose State University.

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