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Christensen Joins Bridge Bank as Regional Manager in San Francisco Area

June 21, 2013, 08:04 AM

Bridge Bank, a full-service professional business bank headquartered in Silicon Valley and with offices located nationwide, announced Matt Christensen has joined the bank as senior vice president and San Francisco regional manager. Christensen will be stationed in Bridge Bank's San Francisco office located on Market Street and will be responsible for growing the portfolios of the bank's Corporate Banking, Capital Finance (asset based lending and factoring), and Technology Banking lines of business.

"We are thrilled to have Matt join the Bridge Bank team," said Margaret Bradshaw, executive vice president and chief banking officer at Bridge Bank. "Matt has been a banker in San Francisco for nearly 30 years and his extensive track record will add to the growth and success of our San Francisco operations," she added.

Bridge Bank entered the San Francisco market in 2005, and recently doubled its office space square footage as a result of its rapid growth there offering comprehensive financial solutions to clients at various stages of growth, and across a broad range of industries, through its Corporate Banking, Capital Finance, and Technology Banking groups.

Throughout his 30 year banking career in San Francisco, Christensen has held senior-level positions with regional and national banks, including City National Bank where he was most recently senior vice president and manager in the bank's Commercial Banking group. While at City National Bank, he successfully led a team covering the Northern California and the Pacific Northwest regions. Previously he was at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he served as senior vice president and client manager of Middle Market Banking, as well as director and team leader, Western Region.

Christensen was with GE Capital for over ten years including senior vice president in the Retail Finance Group, managing director in the Sponsor Finance group and senior vice president and team leader in the Corporate Lending group. He is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, Turnaround Management Association, and Commercial Finance Association.

"I'm very pleased to join the Bridge Bank team, and at such an exciting point in the bank's growth story," said Christensen. "Bridge Bank has developed a strong reputation of being a leader in the commercial banking industry here in the Bay Area, and I'm looking forward to reinforcing that reputation, and to sharing the bank's story throughout the San Francisco market," he added.

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