Paul Abramson

Paul Abramson

American Riviera Bank has hired Paul Abramson to join its leadership as executive vice president, chief technology officer, where he will head the bank’s technology and cybersecurity strategy.

With 20 years of industry experience and expertise, 13 of them in the banking sector specifically, Abramson will bring innovative solutions to American Riviera Bank for its growing client base throughout its Central Coast footprint. Abramson began his duties at American Riviera Bank on Dec. 2.

“The digital advances of the past decade have changed the way we deliver banking services,” said Jeff DeVine, American Riviera Bank president/CEO. “These advances have brought both opportunities and challenges, with the importance of cybersecurity growing every day.

“With Paul on our team, we are happy to say that American Riviera Bank will be as secure as ever moving forward; continuing to provide the responsive and flexible services we’re known for.”

Abramson previously served as the lead technologist and cybersecurity architect for Montecito Bank & Trust, and before that worked for a network security solutions provider designing and implementing threat management deployments for large enterprises.

He graduated from UCSB with a BA in business economics and has furthered his knowledge base by completing the Western Bankers Association Executive Development Program.

A leader in his field, Abramson has been invited to present to industry groups including the FDIC, and frequently shares his cybersecurity expertise at community events with the aim of helping prevent fraud and financial crime in the local area.

“I am grateful to be a part of the American Riviera Bank team, and to support our local Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County communities,” said Abramson.

“Knowing the work I do directly benefits and protects our clients is deeply fulfilling and motivating, I’m excited to join ARB’s strong team of local experts and help take our technology capabilities to the next level,” he said.

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— Joyce Valentino for American Riviera Bank.