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A Conversation with John C. Dean

Sept. 25, 2012

John C. Dean
President & CEO, Central Pacific Bank


John Dean’s 30-year career in the financial services industry includes the turnaround of several struggling banks, including Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). As the CEO of SVB from 1993 to 2001, John grew assets from $935 million to $5.5 billion, quadrupled its employees, and increased market capitalization from $63 million to a high of over $3 billion. In 2001, Forbes magazine named him one of the “50 most powerful dealmakers.” After retiring from SVB in 2001, John co-founded Startup Capital Ventures, a venture firm focused on early-stage startups based in Hawaii, California and Asia. In 2010, John emerged to lead the then struggling Central Pacific Bank (CPB). Along with his management team, John and team successfully raised $325 million in a recapitalization effort needed to avoid regulatory action. Since the capital raise, CPB has had six consecutive quarters of profitability.

In this discussion, we will learn what fuel’s John’s passion for the community, entrepreneurs, turnarounds and Hawaii.

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This lecture series is sponsored by Emmett R. Quady Foundation.