Shawn Kirshner Joins Community West Bank as Chief Risk Officer


Goleta, CA, June 15, 2020 – Community West Bancshares, (NASDAQ: CWBC), parent company of Community West Bank, announced that Shawn L. Kirshner has joined the bank as Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer.He will lead the bank’s Risk Management, Compliance and Audit teams.

“Shawn has years of banking compliance experience,” said Martin E. Plourd, President and Chief Executive Officer.“He is a proven leader with the ability to implement sustainable and scalable risk management and compliance programs, while maintaining core objectives and business strategies.We are very happy to have Shawn as part of Community West Bank.”

Prior to joining Community West Bank, Mr. Kirshner served as Chief Compliance Officer at Opus Bank in Irvine, and prior to that was Senior Manager at Crowe Horwath LLP in Los Angeles.He is a graduate of California State University Northridge, earning a BA in Business Economics, and is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) and certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

About Community West Bank

Community West Bank is the largest publicly traded and only community bank headquartered and serving California’s Central Coast area of Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties with full-service banking branch offices in Goleta, Oxnard, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Ventura.Founded in 1989, the bank has grown to over $925 million in assets. Community West Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Community West Bancshares (NASDAQ: CWBC), a financial services company with headquarters in Goleta, California.In April 2020, Community West Bank was awarded a “Premier” rating by The Findley Reports.In making their selections, The Findley Reports focuses on these four ratios: growth, return on beginning equity, net operating income as a percentage of average assets, and loan losses as a percentage of gross loans. For more information, visit

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