East West Bancorp (EWBC)

Filed: 5 Jan 22, 5:02pm

Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
January 1, 2022

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer Identification No.)

135 N Los Robles Ave., 7th Floor, Pasadena, California 91101
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)

(626) 768-6000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: 
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.001 Par ValueEWBCThe Nasdaq Global Select Market

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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangement of Certain Officers. 

On January 1, 2022, the Board of Directors of East West Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Manuel P. Alvarez as a director of the Company. Mr. Alvarez was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, East West Bank. The appointment is effective immediately. Mr. Alvarez will be a member of the Risk Oversight Committee of both the Company and East West Bank. With this appointment, the Company will have nine directors, eight of whom are independent, including Mr. Alvarez. Mr. Alvarez will receive cash and equity compensation in accordance with the Company’s non-employee director compensation program described in the definitive proxy statement for the Company’s 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on April 15, 2021, the amount of which will be prorated from the date of his appointment.

There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Alvarez and any other person pursuant to which Mr. Alvarez was selected as a director, and there are no transactions in which the Company is a party and in which Mr. Alvarez has a material interest subject to disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: January 5, 2022
By:/s/ Lisa L. Kim
 Lisa L. Kim
 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary