SOURCE: Bridge Capital Holdings

December 20, 2007 16:30 ET

Bridge Capital Holdings Appoints Robert Kaplan to Board

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - December 20, 2007) - Bridge Capital Holdings (NASDAQ: BBNK), whose sole subsidiary is Bridge Bank, National Association, one of the fastest-growing full-service business banks in California and the Nation, announced today that Robert Kaplan was appointed to the Company's Board of Directors. He was also appointed to the subsidiary Bank's Board of Directors.

"Bob's deep and diverse background in business consulting and strategic planning will serve Bridge Bank well as we approach the $1 billion asset level," said Allan C. Kramer, MD, Chairman of Bridge Capital Holdings and the Bank. "His experience with the financial services industry and knowledge of the regional technology-based economy adds a new dimension to the capabilities of our board."

Mr. Kaplan is the founder and CEO of Kaplan & Company which specializes in strategy, organization development, information systems, and technology implementation. Through Kaplan & Company, he has acted in various capacities, including: Chief Technology Officer of Alibris, Inc., CEO of Netliant, Inc., Acting CIO, Chief Knowledge Officer, and Head of Information Services for Silicon Valley Bank, CEO of ITM Software, Inc., and acting CEO of Motif, Inc.

"With its unique brand of business banking, Bridge Bank has performed very well since its launch six years ago, particularly in light of recent economic headwinds," said Mr. Kaplan. "I look forward to working with the board and management to enhance Bridge Bank's position as the professional business bank of choice for companies in the Silicon Valley region."

Prior to founding Kaplan & Company, Mr. Kaplan was a Director with McKinsey & Company where he was a leader of the Information Technology practice and a member of the Financial Services practice. Before McKinsey, he was the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office of the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Kaplan began his professional career as a systems consultant with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Company.

Mr. Kaplan's board experience includes Greater Bay Bancorp, ITM Software, REX & Company, Alibris, Imagicast, epriSolutions, and the advisory boards of Motif, LiveCapital, and Encirq. He is also a current member of the Technology Advisory Peer Group for the State of California Chief Information Officer.

Mr. Kaplan graduated magna cum laude with a BA in economics from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has also passed the California C.P.A. exam.

Since opening in 2001, Bridge Bank has been recognized as one of the fastest growing and best performing banks in California and the Nation. At September 30, 2007, the Company reported total assets of $790 million and year-to-date earnings of $8.2 million, an increase of 30% over the prior year.

Bridge Bank specializes in providing superior service and customized banking solutions to small and middle-market, and emerging technology businesses, in Silicon Valley, California, and the Nation. The bank's product offerings include 24/7 internet-based business cash and treasury management, on-line account statement and item imaging, remote deposit capture, commercial lines of credit, growth capital financing, construction loans, Small Business Administration 7(a) and 504 loans as an SBA Preferred Lender Participant-accredited direct lender, and factoring and asset-based loans through its Bridge Capital Finance Group.

About Bridge Capital Holdings

Bridge Capital Holdings is the holding company for Bridge Bank, National Association. Bridge Capital Holdings was formed on October 1, 2004 and is listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the trading symbol BBNK. Visit Bridge Capital Holdings on the web at

About Bridge Bank, N.A.

Bridge Bank, N.A. is Silicon Valley's full-service professional business bank. The Bank is dedicated to meeting the financial needs of small, middle-market, and emerging technology businesses. Bridge Bank provides its clients with a comprehensive package of business banking solutions delivered through experienced, professional bankers. Visit Bridge Bank on the web at

Forward-Looking Statements

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