Texas: Lee Tapped to Lead Southwestern National Bank

In early September, George Lee was named chief executive officer of Houston-based Southwestern National Bank, replacing Gary Owens in that position. The bank has also hired Mohammed Younus as president, a position that Owens held in addition to serving as CEO.

With nearly 40 years of banking experience, Lee previously was the CEO of Houston-based MetroCorp Bancshares Inc. before it was acquired by Pasadena, California-based East West Bancorp Inc. “After spending 15 years as the CEO of the largest of the Asian-centric banks, I learned the market, the environment and the people,” Lee told the Houston Business Journal.

With 32 years of experience, Younus previously served as regional president and senior executive vice president of Houston-based Golden Bank NA, where he led operations in Richardson.

According to the Houston Business Journal, Southwestern National Bank plans to hire between 15 and 25 lenders and creditors, approximately 75 percent of whom will be based in the Houston area, Lee says.

Southwestern National Bank has six branches located in Houston, Sugar Land, Austin, Plano and Richardson.

Published in Bankers Digest October 1, 2018