First Foundation Strengthens Leadership Team with Two Senior Level Executive Appointments

  • First Foundation appoints Executive Vice President Lindsay Lawrence to Chief Banking Officer
  • The firm promotes Chief Technology Officer Adrian Darmawan to Executive Vice President

IRVINE, Calif.--()--First Foundation Inc. (NASDAQ: FFWM), a financial services company with two wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, First Foundation Advisors and First Foundation Bank, announced the promotions of Executive Vice President Lindsay Lawrence to Chief Banking Officer, and the firm’s Chief Technology Officer, Adrian Darmawan, to Executive Vice President.

“Since joining the firm last year, Lindsay has made tremendous contributions to our business through her charismatic leadership and drive for excellence”

“Since joining the firm last year, Lindsay has made tremendous contributions to our business through her charismatic leadership and drive for excellence,” said Scott F. Kavanaugh, CEO of First Foundation.

Lindsay Lawrence joined First Foundation in 2015 as EVP, Director of Depository Services. She has been responsible for the launch of the specialty deposits group as well as building out the team focused on treasury management and online banking. She also oversees bank operations, the growth and development of the retail branch network, and works to ensure client satisfaction across all channels of the bank.

“We have assembled a talented group of bankers that have a relentless drive towards providing excellent client service and, as a result, have been responsible for substantial deposit growth,” said Lawrence. “It is a privilege to be a part of this remarkable team at First Foundation and I am really excited about the future of the firm.”

Prior to joining First Foundation, Lawrence was the Commercial Deposits Executive at Umpqua Bank, and before that, held executive leadership roles at several regional banks where she focused on client growth and firm development. Lawrence earned her MBA degree from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, and BS degree in communications from Northwestern University. Additionally, she was named an Orange County Metro “40 Under 40” in 2011 for her professional achievements and community service involvement.

Kavanaugh continued, “Adrian has helped build our firm to what it is today and his promotion to the executive team is a natural extension of his contributions to the organization. I am extremely proud to have Adrian on our team, not only because of his capabilities as a technology expert, but as a leader who can help propel our firm into our next phase of growth.”

Adrian Darmawan joined First Foundation in 2010 and is responsible for supporting technology activities across the business units. Overseeing the firm’s technology operations and development projects, Darmawan continues to leverage new and existing technologies to help improve efficiencies and enhance the client experience.

He has 17 years of industry experience, and was formerly Chief Information Officer at CommerceWest Bank, and prior to that, a Network Engineer at Ascendent Systems. Darmawan graduated from Atma Jaya University in Jakarta, Indonesia, and was the recipient of the first Nien-Ling Wacker Visionary Award presented by Laserfiche in recognition of his exemplary ability to implement technology to enable enterprise transformation.

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About First Foundation

First Foundation, a financial institution founded in 1990, provides private wealth management, personal banking, and business banking. The Company has offices in California, Nevada, and Hawaii with headquarters in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit


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