|Constance H. Lau|
Ms. Lau was named president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) in May 2006. She also serves as chairman of Hawaiian Electric Company and chairman of American Savings Bank. Born and raised in Honolulu, Ms. Lau joined the HEI companies in 1984, serving first as assistant corporate counsel and treasurer of Hawaiian Electric Company, then as treasurer of HEI. In 1999, she became a director and senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of American Savings Bank, rising to president and chief executive officer in June 2001. She also served as an HEI director from 2001 through 2004, and has been serving as an HEI director since May 2006.
Ms. Lau is a director with Matson, Inc. (NYSE: MATX), the major shipping carrier to Hawaii. Since 2012, Ms. Lau has chaired the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) which advises President Barack Obama through the Department of Homeland Security on the security of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors and their information systems, including both the energy and financial services sectors. In energy, Ms. Lau was named 2011 Woman of the Year by the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment in Washington, D.C., and serves on the boards of the Electric Power Research Institute, the Edison Electric Institute, and the Associated Electrical & Gas Insurance Services. In banking, Ms. Lau is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Twelfth District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council, and was one of U.S. Banker's 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking for 2004, 2005, and 2006 when she headed American Savings Bank.
In Hawaii, Ms. Lau was named Pacific Business News (PBN)'s 2004 Hawaii Business Leader of the Year, and in 2013, she was named one of PBN's 10 to Watch for her leadership in clean energy and transportation. Ms. Lau also serves on the boards of the Hawaii Business Roundtable, the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Punahou School, and the Consuelo Foundation, which helps women, children and families in Hawaii and the Philippines. She served as a trustee for Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate from 1999 to 2007.
Ms. Lau graduated from Yale College with a B.S. in administrative sciences. She earned a juris doctor from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and a master's in business administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is married to Russell Lau, vice chairman of Finance Enterprises, Ltd., and has three children.
|James A. Ajello|
Mr. Ajello joined Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI) in January 2009 and serves as its executive vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to joining HEI, Mr. Ajello was senior vice president of business development at Reliant Energy. He joined Reliant in 2000 as president of Reliant Energy Solutions, and was named Reliant's senior vice president and general manager of commercial and industrial marketing in 2004. Mr. Ajello's experience prior to joining Reliant includes serving as managing director of the business development/corporate finance group of UBS Securities, Inc. and as managing director of the energy and natural resources group of UBS/Warburg Securities. He also worked at Enron North America, and was responsible for a team originating business with large industrial clients. Before Enron, his work experience included a project management role at the U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation and as a management intern with the U.S. Department of Energy focusing on renewable energy development and naval nuclear reactors.
Mr. Ajello is a member of the Board of Directors of Crius Energy Trust and chairman of the U.S. Department of Energy's Environmental Management Advisory Board. He is also a board member of the Hawaii Pacific University Board of Trustees and its affiliate, the Oceanic Institute, as well as member of the Board of Trustees of Enterprise Honolulu (Oahu Economic Development Board).
Mr. Ajello holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York and an MPA from Syracuse University. In addition, he is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the European Institute of Business Administration in Fontainebleau, France.
|Chet A. Richardson|
Chet Richardson is HEI's executive vice president, general counsel, secretary and chief administrative officer, overseeing HEI's legal, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and administrative functions. He joined HEI in 2007 as vice president-general counsel, became senior vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer in 2008, added secretary to his responsibilities in 2009, and was appointed to his current position in 2011.
Immediately prior to joining HEI, Mr. Richardson served as deputy general counsel for Alliant Energy, Inc., a Madison, WI-based public utility holding company, where he was responsible for all legal services to Alliant and its regulated and non-regulated businesses. His prior experience includes many years in Hawaii, where he began his legal career in the Army's Judge Advocate General Corps at Schofield Barracks on Oahu. Following his military service, Mr. Richardson joined the Honolulu law firm of Case, Kay & Lynch and then became in-house counsel for Amfac, Inc. He followed Amfac and its acquirer, JMB Realty Corp., to the mainland, rising to the position of senior vice president and general counsel for Amfac and later for JMB Realty. In addition to his legal experience, Mr. Richardson previously served as a senior executive responsible for business structure, legal and finance matters for a software development start-up company in Seattle, WA.
Mr. Richardson is involved in the local community, serving on the Hawaii Employers Council's Board of Governors and on the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii's Board of Trustees. He has for a long time been involved in several Christian organizations, most recently a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kaneohe.
Mr. Richardson holds a B.S. degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
|Alan M. Oshima|
Alan Oshima is president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. Mr. Oshima first joined Hawaiian Electric as a member of the board of directors in 2008. In 2011, he left the board to serve as HEI's executive vice president for corporate and community advancement and president of the HEI Charitable Foundation. Mr. Oshima joined Hawaiian Electric on May 19, 2014, overseeing corporate relations and regulatory, government and community affairs.
Prior to joining Hawaiian Electric in 2008, Mr. Oshima served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Hawaiian Telcom from 2005 to 2008 and later as a senior adviser and director helping the company successfully emerge from reorganization in 2010.
Until 2005, Mr. Oshima was a lawyer in private practice focusing on the representation of businesses as well as electric, telecommunications, and transportation companies, water and sewer regulation, power purchase contracts, and water resources. Mr. Oshima was founding partner of the law firm, Oshima Chun Fong & Chung (1985-2005) and prior to that, practiced law with Carlsmith Ball (1976-1985). He has been recognized as one of "America's Best Lawyers" in the field of public utilities. In addition to serving as a director of the Hawaii State Bar Association, he received its 2005 Pro Bono Service Award for his countless hours of volunteer legal work in the community.
In 2006, Mr. Oshima received the Ho`oulu Leadership Award for his commitment to improving public education in Hawaii. He chairs Hawaii 3Rs, a non-profit organization that facilitates government, business, community, and school partnerships to repair, restore and remodel Hawaii's public schools. He is on the board of advisors of The Learning Coalition, dedicated to assisting Hawaii's public school system, and serves as a director of the Hawaii Institute of Public Affairs (HIPA) where he has helped lead an initiative to form a public school land trust to rebuild and upgrade school facilities across the state. Confirmed by the Hawaii State Senate in 2012, Mr. Oshima serves as one of the six Hawaii Commissioners on the Education Commission of the States. Mr. Oshima served as a volunteer for over 30 years at the YMCA of Honolulu, including serving as chairman of the board from 2001 to 2006.
The Farrington High School graduate received a marketing degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He also served as a Supply Corps Officer with the U.S. Navy, and among other places was stationed in Pearl Harbor and San Diego.
|Richard F. Wacker|
Mr. Wacker is the president and chief executive officer of American Savings Bank. Mr. Wacker joined the bank in 2010 and leads the management team responsible for growing the bank's business to better serve Hawaii's retail and business customers. He also serves as a director of the bank.
Mr. Wacker is active in the local community. He serves on the board of Child and Family Service (currently 1st Vice Chair), the University of Hawaii Foundation, and the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is also a member of the Board of Regents of Chaminade University.
Prior to joining American Savings Bank, Mr. Wacker was chairman of Korea Exchange Bank (KEB), the fifth largest Korean commercial bank. He joined KEB in 2004 as chief operating officer, was appointed president and CEO in 2005, and also held the position of chairman of the board from 2007 through 2010. Mr. Wacker helped establish the KEB Foundation, the first social welfare organization in the Korean financial industry, and was the organization's second chairman. He was a director of Junior Achievement Korea and also served on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea. In 2008, Mr. Wacker was recognized as one of Korea's "Most Respected CEOs."
Mr. Wacker also enjoyed a 20-year career with General Electric (GE) where he was a company officer and held a wide range of senior leadership positions in the U.S. and Europe, including vice president of corporate investor communications; vice president and chief financial officer of GE Capital's Card Services unit; general manager of GE Capital's audit staff; chief financial officer of GE Capital Fleet Services-Europe and global product management positions with GE Medical Systems-Europe. He earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri.