COSTA MESA, Calif., July 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Mercantile Bank ("the Bank"), the wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (NASDAQ:PMBC), today announced that Frank Abraham has been appointed to the position of Executive Vice President and Head of Relationship Banking.  Mr. Abraham previously served as Senior Vice President and Interim Regional Manager of Pacific Mercantile Bank's Beverly Hills Financial Center.  As EVP/Head of Relationship Banking, Mr. Abraham will oversee the new business development efforts of the Bank's commercial banking team, leading the lending teams in the Regional Offices to meet their portfolio expansion goals.

Mr. Abraham's banking career includes more than 30 years with Bank of America, where he steadily progressed to increased responsibilities in credit, treasury management, global trade and commercial banking.  Mr. Abraham completed his tenure at Bank of America as Executive Vice President and West Division Treasury Sales Manager, where he was responsible for delivering multiple sales solutions to commercial clients in the western United States.  Earlier in his career at Bank of America, Mr. Abraham served as Executive Vice President in the areas of Trade Sales and Treasury/Trade Strategic Planning, where he was responsible for the execution of strategic initiatives for the Global Cash Management group and delivering trade credit solutions to commercial banking clients operating cross border.

Mr. Abraham has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, has completed the Graduate School of Banking at Stonier Banking School, Rutgers University, and attended the Executive Management Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

"Frank has a long and successful track record of leading highly productive banking teams and developing commercial banking relationships," said Tom Vertin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Mercantile Bank.  "We believe his expertise in treasury management and trade credit solutions will strengthen our sales efforts and improve our ability to move up market and attract larger commercial banking clients."

About Pacific Mercantile Bank

Pacific Mercantile Bank opened for business March 1, 1999. The Bank, which is FDIC insured and a member of the Federal Reserve System, provides a wide range of commercial banking services to businesses, business owners and business professionals through its combination of traditional banking offices and comprehensive, sophisticated electronic banking services.

The Bank, headquartered in Orange County, operates a total of nine offices in Southern California, located in Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Bernardino counties. In addition, the Bank offers comprehensive online banking services accessible at  Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (NASDAQ:PMBC) is the parent holding company of Pacific Mercantile Bank.

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Pacific Mercantile Bank Contact:Robert AndersonEVP & Chief Banking Officer714-438-2500

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