Catherine Ngo is the President of Central Pacific Bank, since 2015. With over 25 years of executive experience in the financial services and private equity industries, Catherine joined Central Pacific Bank (CPB) in November 2010 as EVP.
Prior to joining CPB, Catherine was a founding general partner of Startup Capital Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm established in 2005, with investments in Silicon Valley and Hawaii, as well as in China. In addition to managing a portfolio of several technology companies, she assisted other firm portfolio companies with operational issues, generally in the legal and finance areas. Catherine also had primary oversight for the venture capital firm’s investor relations activities and had a significant role in managing the firm’s China-based portfolio.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, School of Law, Catherine started her career in private law practice, focused on banking and securities law. After seven years in private law practice, in 1993 she joined Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), a financial services company focused on serving the needs of venture capital – backed technology companies, as well as venture capital firms. In 2002 and until leaving SVB in 2005, Catherine served as Chief Operating Officer of Alliant Partners, an investment banking subsidiary of SVB, focused on sell-side Mergers & Acquisitions activities for technology companies.
Under Catherine’s leadership, CPB has been named one of Hawaii’s Best Places to Work every year since she was appointed President. CPB also received the Hawaii Small Business Lender of the Year Award in Category II (for mid-sized lenders) in 2019 for the fifth year in a row, and in consideration of CPB’s services, investments, donations, and loans to low- to moderate-income individuals and communities, the bank received the highest rating of “Outstanding” for Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) activities from federal regulators since 2006. In 2018, the Hawaii Executive Conference, which Catherine chaired, adopted the Hawaii Community Foundation’s CHANGE Framework, which addresses the state’s most pressing issues by inspiring leaders to collaborate and take meaningful action to bring about positive change in the Islands. As chair of the Higher-Education committee, Catherine is focused on improving access and quality to both non-traditional pathways and higher-education that will prepare all of Hawaii’s people for living wages and the jobs of tomorrow. Catherine is venture partner of Startup Capital Ventures, L.P., serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Hawaii Foundation, Advisory Director of Catholic Charities of Hawaii; and serves on the Board of Hawaii Gas. In appreciation of our Island community’s natural beauty, Catherine enjoys standup paddle boarding during her spare time.