Irvine, California-based Plaza Bank has promoted Lissette Duran to the position of executive vice president of operations and human resources.

Duran has led operations and human resources for the bank as senior vice president since the bank was organized in May 2005.

The bank said that Duran will continue to oversee compliance, bank security, the bank secrecy act and all human resources activities with a newly expanded scope caused by the bank’s recent acquisition of SouthwestUSA Bank of Las Vegas.

Her role also includes legal and contract negotiations, bank-wide hiring and customer service training, and managing relationships with regulators (FDIC and DFI), auditors, board members and shareholders.

Duran has over 30 years of banking experience and 18 years in business banking. Prior to joining Plaza Bank, she served as senior vice president and director of operations and human resources at CommerceWest Bank.