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Esther Wee
Director of Marketing & CRA Officer
Cathay Bank
Southwestern Board Member Since: March 2013
 
Ms. Wee has more than 20 years of management experience in domestic and international banking (Pacific Rim focus). Her well-rounded banking experience spans from commercial and real estate lending, international trade finance, foreign exchange, capital markets to compliance. She has a proven track record in marketing, business development, credit, and cross-border financing serving Fortune 500 companies to SME's. 
 
Ms. Wee is the Senior Vice President and CRA Officer for Cathay Bank, where she has served in various capacities including Senior Vice President and Manager of the Multi-Cultural Corporate Lending Group, and Senior Vice President and Credit Administrator. She also served as Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Banking (C&I) at Chinatrust Bank, Senior Vice President and Manager of Pacific Rim Corporate Banking at Bank of the West, and Vice President and Manager of the Asian Business team in Southern California at Wells Fargo HSBC Trade Bank. 
 
Ms. Wee earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting at Washington University and currently serves as a Director of the American Red Cross San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter and the President of the Singapore American Business Association- Southern California. 
 
In 1962, Cathay Bank opened for business with the mission of providing financial services to the growing but underserved Chinese-American community in the greater Los Angeles area, thus becoming the first Chinese-American bank in Southern California. Recognizing that the community it served was part of a more diverse one, Cathay Bank adopted the motto "An Open Door for All." Its rapid expansion was fueled by successive waves of immigration, burgeoning trade between America and Asia, and the economic development of the surrounding community.
 
Today, Cathay Bank is a subsidiary of Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ: CATY), a publicly held bank holding company with over $10.69 billion in assets as of December 31, 2012.  Cathay Bank currently operates 31 branches in California, eight branches in New York State, one in Massachusetts, two in Texas, three in Washington State, three in the Chicago, Illinois area, one in New Jersey, one in Nevada, one in Hong Kong, and a representative office in Taipei and in Shanghai.