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For Immediate Release

Kathy Shepard
(213) 236-5329

Veronica Castro
(213) 236-7985


LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- December 6, 2010 -- Union Bank, N.A., today announced the opening of two full-service branches in Southern California to serve the financial needs of individuals, small businesses, and corporations in the region. Located in El Monte and Costa Mesa, California, both banking offices opened today.

"Opening these two branches in El Monte and Costa Mesa is a natural outgrowth for Union Bank, which has a rich history of providing Southern California residents with a full range of financial services," said Michael Feldman, executive vice president and Head of California Branch Banking for Union Bank. "Both branches will provide our consumer and business customers with greater access to more Union Bank financial experts right where they live and work.  We continue to look for new opportunities to expand our branch footprint in Southern California."

Banking Offices Management Teams

Both new branch offices are comprised of a team of experienced relationship managers. Peter Chang has been named branch manager of the new El Monte branch office. He directs all aspects of branch operations, while growing the bank’s customer base and developing new relationships with individuals and small businesses.

Previously, Chang was associated with Bank of America, where he served as vice president and banking center manager for several branches in the Los Angeles area. He is a native of Taiwan.

To ensure that all customers are provided with outstanding service, lifelong El Monte resident Sergio Martinez has been named customer service manager. He will focus on providing friendly service that meets the needs of and exceeds the expectations of customers. Martinez joined Union Bank in 2007 as a service staff officer at the Los Angeles branch. He has also been the customer service manager at branches in Pasadena and La Canada.

Heading the team in the Costa Mesa Branch is branch manager Irma Castaneda. She directs all aspects of branch operations, while developing new relationships and growing the bank’s customer base.

Castaneda joined Union Bank in 2009 and most recently served as deposit manager in the Corporate Deposits Global Treasury Management office in Irvine, California. Prior to Union Bank, she was a vice president, relationship manager and branch manager at Sunwest Bank. She has served as a branch manager for PFF Bank and Trust in Orange County and as a vice president, branch manager at City National Bank. Previously she was first vice president, retail sales and planning manager for all California retail branches at East West bank.

A native of Mexico, Castaneda is active in the community. She is a former member of the Santa Ana Kiwanis, National Latin Business Women Association of Orange County (NLBWA) and previously served as a member of the board of directors at Santa Ana YMCA.

Sharon Hirahara has been named customer service manager at the Costa Mesa branch where she will provide professional leadership in each of the bank's critical customers' contact areas to ensure that all customers' needs are met.

A Los Angeles native, Hirahara joined Union Bank in 2007 as a customer service officer at the Laguna Niguel branch.  She has also served as assistant manager at the San Clemente in store branch, and most recently as customer service manager at the Tustin Ranch branch.

Previously she was a customer service manager at Wells Fargo, a financial services manager at Citibank and an operations specialist for U.S. Bank.

Banking Office Information

The Union Bank El Monte branch office, located at 3520 Peck Road, in El Monte is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The branch telephone number is 626-350-3727.
The Costa Mesa branch office, located in the Mesa Verde Center at the southwest corner of Adams Ave. and Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The branch telephone number is (714) 557-1617. For further information visit

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.

UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $79.8 billion at September 30, 2010. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., is a full service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 397 banking offices in California, Washington, Oregon and Texas, as well as two international offices, on September 30, 2010. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. Visit for more information.