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Timothy E. Johns President and Chief Executive Officer,
Zephyr Insurance Company, Inc.
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Timothy E. Johns
James A. Ajello Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,
Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.
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James A. Ajello
Kevin M. Burke Retired Chief Marketing Officer,
Square, Inc.
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Kevin M. Burke
Kelvin H. Taketa Retired President and Chief Executive Officer,
Hawaii Community Foundation
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Alana K. Pakkala Partner and Chief Operating Officer,
The Kobayashi Group
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Alana K. Pakkala
James A. Ajello

James A. Ajello

Hawaiian Electric Director
Hawaiian Electric Audit & Risk Committee

  • Principal Occupation: Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,
    Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.
BUSINESS EXPERIENCE
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI), 2011-April 2017
Director since 2012, Audit and Corporate Governance Committee Member, Crius Energy Trust (TSX: KWH)
Director since 2015, SKAI Ventures
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR BOARD SERVICE
  • 18 years of executive leadership, financial oversight, risk management, investor relations, tax, accounting, financial and SEC reporting and strategic planning experience from serving as EVP and CFO of HEI, serving as President of Reliant Energy Solutions LLC and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Commercial & Industrial Marketing and Senior Vice President - Business Development of Reliant Energy, Inc.
  • 14 years of banking industry experience from serving as Managing Director and Head of UBS Chicago and its corporate banking unit, as well as head of UBS's North American project finance team. Duties focused on corporate finance, capital markets and M & A.
  • In-depth knowledge of issues facing American Savings Bank gained from 9 years as EVP and CFO of American Savings Bank's parent company, HEI.
  • Hawaii business and leadership experience from his 7 years of service as a Trustee on the Hawaii Pacific University Board.
  • EDUCATION
    MPA from Syracuse University and graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the European Institute of Business Administration in Fontainebleau, France.
    Kevin M. Burke

    Kevin M. Burke

    Hawaiian Electric Director
    Hawaiian Electric Audit Committee Member

    BUSINESS EXPERIENCE
    Chief Marketing Officer, Square, Inc., 2015 - 2019
    Chief Marketing Officer, Visa, Inc, 2012 – 2014
    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC BOARD SERVICE
  • Executive management, leadership and strategic planning skills from his service as Chief Marketing Officer for Square, Inc., where he is responsible for driving brand leadership, customer acquisition, overall product and business growth, as well as from his 10 years as a senior executive for Visa, Inc., where he was responsible for transforming Visa's marketing organization and overseeing key strategic initiatives which included global campaigns.
  • Extensive finance and investment expertise gained through his position at Visa, Inc., where he set overall investment strategy and directed investment of a budget of over $800 million across more than 70 markets, including emerging markets.
  • Substantial experience working across a range of industries, including financial services, technology and energy gained from his over 30 years in the marketing industry, including serving as President of JWT San Francisco (marketing and communications agency).
  • Skilled business leader who has built and led high-performing organizations from start-up to establishing regional as well as global markets, including founding a successful full-service advertising agency that focused on emerging digital brands.
  • Alana Pakkala

    Alana K. Pakkala

    Hawaiian Electric Director

    • Principal Occupation: CPartner and Chief Operating Officer, The Kobayashi Group
    BUSINESS EXPERIENCE
    Chief Operating Officer, The Kobayashi Group, 2018-present
    Executive Vice President, The Kobayashi Group, 2008-2018
    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR BOARD SERVICE
  • From her executive leadership of Kobayashi Group, LLC, Hawaii-based real estate development firm, extensive experience with planning, including sustainable design, renewable energy installations, financing and overseeing large real estate development projects totaling over $4 billion across the State of Hawaii, and experience with executive management, marketing, community engagement and government relations.
  • Governance expertise and a strong understanding of the communities in which the utility operates from her development of projects and service on numerous non-profit and government boards in the state, including boards of organizations focused on health, education, public transportation and community development.
  • Recognized business and community leader, including Women of Distinction honoree by the Girl Scouts of Hawaii.
  • EDUCATION
    Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, English Literatureand Psychology, Georgetown University
    Timothy E. Johns

    Timothy E. Johns

    Chairman, Hawaiian Electric
    Hawaiian Electric Audit Committee Chair

    • Principal Occupation: President and Chief Executive Officer, Zephyr Insurance Company, Inc.
    BUSINESS EXPERIENCE
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Zephyr Insurance Company since April 2018
    Chief Consumer Officer, Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) 2011 to June 2017
    President and CEO, Bishop Museum, 2007-2011
    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR BOARD SERVICE
  • Executive management, leadership and strategic planning skills developed over three decades as a businessperson and lawyer and currently as President and CEO of Zephyr Insurance Company.
  • Business, regulatory, financial stewardship and legal experience from his prior roles as Chief Consumer Affairs Officer, HMSA, President and CEO of the Bishop Museum, Chief Operating Officer for the Estate of Samuel Mills Damon (former private trust with assets valued at over $900 million prior to its dissolution), Chairperson of the Hawaii State Board of Land and Natural Resources, Director of the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources and Vice President and General Counsel at Amfac Property Development Corp.
  • Corporate governance knowledge and familiarity with financial oversight and fiduciary responsibilities from overseeing the HMSA Internal Audit department, from his prior service as a director for The Gas Company LLC (now Hawaii Gas) and his current service as a trustee of the Parker Ranch Foundation Trust (charitable trust with assets valued at over $350 million), as a director and Audit Committee Chair for Parker Ranch, Inc. (largest ranch in Hawaii, with significant real estate assets), as a director and Audit Committee member for Grove Farm Company, Inc. (privately-held community and real estate development firm operating on the island of Kauai) and on the board of Kualoa Ranch, Inc. (private ranch in Hawaii offering tours and activity packages to the public).
  • Scott W. H. Seu

    Scott W. H. Seu

    President & Chief Executive Officer, Hawaiian Electric
    Director, Hawaiian Electric

    Scott Seu is president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Electric.

    Scott joined Hawaiian Electric in 1993 and has held various leadership positions across the company, including in the areas of environmental management, customer programs, renewable energy development and system operation.

    He most recently served as senior vice president of Public Affairs, where he spearheaded the company's engagement with community, government, media, and regulatory groups. He has been actively engaged in critical infrastructure resilience issues in Hawai'i and at the national level.

    In addition to his work at Hawaiian Electric, Scott is board chair of Hale Kipa and serves on the board of Teach for America-Hawaii. He also supports the University of Hawaii College of Engineering as a member of the Dean's Council. Scott is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and is a licensed mechanical engineer in the State of Hawaii.

    Micah A. Kane

    Micah A. Kāne

    Hawaiian Electric Director
    Hawaiian Electric Audit Committee

    • Principal Occupation: President and Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii Community Foundation
    BUSINESS EXPERIENCE
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii Community Foundation (statewide charitable foundation), since July 2017
    President and Chief Operating Officer, Hawaii Community Foundation, 2016 to June 2017
    Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Links Hawaii LLC (golf course owner, developer and operator), 2011-2015
    Principal, The KANE Group LLC (Hawaii-based company focused on land and financing matters for planned community infrastructure and general business development), since 2010
    Trustee, Kamehameha Schools ($10 billion Native Hawaiian trust with more than 397,000 acres of land holdings in Hawaii), since 2009
    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR BOARD SERVICE
  • Executive management, leadership and strategic planning skills from prior service as Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Links Hawaii and Trustee of Kamehameha Schools and from prior role as Chairman/Director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
  • Finance and investment expertise gained through oversight of $10 billion asset portfolio as Trustee of Kamehameha Schools and through spearheading bond transactions as Chairman/Director of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
  • Experience managing complex capital expenditure programs from overseeing development of master planned communities and from managing annual $150 million capital improvement budget for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
  • Skilled in government affairs, policy development, public relations and crisis management from prior service as Chairman/Executive Director of the Hawaii Republican Party.
  • Constance H. Lau

    President and CEO, HEI
    Executive Committee Member
    Chairman, Hawaiian Electric Company (HEI subsidiary)
    Chairman, American Savings Bank (HEI subsidiary)

    • 67
    • 2001 (except from 2004-2006)
    • President and Chief Executive Officer, HEI (since 2006)

    EXPERTISE

    • CLEAN ENERGY, UTILITIES
    • INFRASTRUCTURE
    • CYBER SECURITY
    • FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING
    • BANKING
    • LEADERSHIP
    • CORPORATE TRANSFORMATION
    • STRATEGIC & OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT
    • CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
    • MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

    Ms. Lau has deep industry and operational expertise having served in leadership capacities spanning several functions across HEI and its subsidiaries. Ms. Lau's expertise and leadership have been recognized nationally, leading her to be named Chair of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, and to be named as a clean energy ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Energy Ministerial C3E Initiative. Ms. Lau is also recognized as a transformational leader, having been identified by the US Banker List of Most Powerful Women in Banking in 2004, 2005, 2006 for transforming ASB into a full-service community bank.

    Signing the groundbreaking Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative with the Governor of State of Hawaii also secured Ms. Lau the Women in Clean Energy & the Environment, Woman of the Year award, 2011.

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    Chair, National Infrastructure Advisory Council (since 2012)
    President and Chief Executive Officer, American Savings Bank (2001-2006)
    Chief Operating Officer, ASB (1999-2001)
    Treasurer, HEI (1989-1999)
    Treasurer, Hawaiian Electric and Assistant Treasurer, HEI (1987-1989)
    Assistant Corporate Counsel, Hawaiian Electric Company (1984-1987)
    PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS
    Matson Inc. (since 2012)
    PAST PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS
    Alexander & Baldwin (2004-2012)
    OTHER POSITIONS
    Board Member, Edison Electric Institute
    Former Board Member, Electric Power Research Institute
    Board Member, Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services
    Board Member, Hawaii Business Roundtable
    Board Member, Foundation for Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
    Board Member, Elemental Excelerator
    Member of Federal Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council
    Former Member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Twelfth District Community Depository Advisory Council (2011-2014)
    Chair, Consuelo Foundation
    Trustee, Punahou School
    Chair, Military Affairs Council, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
    EDUCATION
    Master of Business Administration, Stanford Graduate School of Business
    Juris Doctor, Hastings College of the Law, University of California
    Bachelor of Science in Administrative Sciences, Yale College

    Richard J. Dahl

    Independent Director
    Audit Committee Member

    • 67
    • 2017
    • Former President and Chief Executive Officer, James Campbell Company LLC (2010-2016)

    EXPERTISE

    • STRATEGIC & OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT
    • CORPORATE TRANSFORMATION
    • FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING
    • CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
    • BANKING
    • ENERGY, UTILITIES
    • LEADERSHIP
    • RISK MANAGEMENT
    • AUDIT

    Mr. Dahl has significant leadership, strategy, audit and risk-management expertise. He has in-depth experience in corporate transformation and restructuring, and in driving improved corporate governance and shareholder engagement. His experiences working in Hawaii and on the U.S. mainland, and in banking and the electric utility industry, bring valuable perspective to the Board.

    Under Mr. Dahl's leadership, Dole Food Company invested in a number of sustainability initiatives that secured external recognition. Dole was named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Magazine, and undertook a carbon offset program to secure a carbon neutral operating footprint.

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    Interim Chief Executive Officer, Dine Brands Global, Inc. (formerly known as DineEquity) (3/1/17 – 9/15/17) (franchisor of over 3000 Applebee's and IHOP restaurants)
    President and Chief Operating Officer (2004-2007) and Chief Operating Officer (2002-2004), Dole Food Company
    President and Chief Operating Officer, Bank of Hawaii Corporation (1981-2002)
    Ernst & Young (1973-1981)
    PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS
    Dine Brands Global, Inc. (formerly known as DineEquity) (since 2004); Non-Executive Charman (since 2017)
    IDACORP (since 2008) (currently decommissioning/divesting ownership of its coal plants)
    PAST PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS
    Non-Executive Chairman, International Rectifier Corporation (2008-2015) (leading manufacturer and distributor of power management semi-conductors and researcher in battery storage)
    OTHER POSITIONS
    Non-Executive Chairman, James Campbell Company, LLC (privately held real estate investment and development company), Executive Chair, President and CEO (2010-2016)
    Director, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HEI subsidiary)
    EDUCATION
    Bachelor of Science, University of Idaho

    Kelvin H. Taketa

    Hawaiian Electric Director

    • President and Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii Community Foundation (retired)
    BUSINESS EXPERIENCE
    President (1998-2015) and Chief Executive Officer (1998-2017), Senior Fellow (2018-2018)Hawaii Community Foundation
    Various Management and Executive Positions including Founder and Executive Director, Asia Pacific Region, The Nature Conservancy (1989-1998)
    Founder and Managing Partner, Sunrise Capital (private equity company focused on the sustainable aquaculture industry in Hawaii) (2005-2009)
    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC BOARD SERVICE
    Mr. Taketa is a well-respected leader and brings deep understanding of Hawaii's distinctive cultural and business environment to the Board. He also brings extensive knowledge of environmental issues having served as executive director of the Asia/Pacific Region of The Nature Conservancy. Mr. Taketa has dedicated his career to environmental conservation and sustainable community development. He has been nationally recognized by the Nonprofit Times on three occasions (2010, 2015, 2016) as one of the most powerful and influential people in the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector in the US, and with the US Department of Interior Conservation Service Award and the Chevron Corporation Conservation Award.
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    Jeffrey N. Watanabe

    Independent Director
    HEI Chairman of the Board
    HEI Executive Committee Chair
    Compensation Committee Member

    • 76
    • 1987
    • 2006
    • Managing Partner, Watanabe Ing & Komeiji LLP (1972-2007)

    EXPERTISE

    • LEGAL
    • GOVERNMENT AND REGULATION
    • INVESTING
    • CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
    • COMMUNITY RELATIONS
    • ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    Mr. Watanabe has been one of the most influential figures in Hawaii's business community over the past four decades. His strategic counsel is widely sought by Hawaii's business, political and nonprofit leaders, as well as by global businesses seeking to do business in Hawaii.

    Mr. Watanabe has a long personal history in environmental protection and public service. He was instrumental in assisting the National Park Service dramatically expand Volcanoes National Park through the acquisition of over 100,000 acres on the Big Island of Hawaii. He assisted with and facilitated the acquisition of the Palmyra Atoll, currently used as an international research center. Both were accomplished through The Nature Conservancy.

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    35 years at Watanabe Ing, LLP
    PAST PUBLIC COMPANY BOARDS
    Matson Inc., Lead Independent Director (2017-2018), Director (2012-2018)
    Alexander & Baldwin, Lead Independent Director (2012-2015), Director (2003-2015)
    American Classic Voyages (1998-2003)
    Cheap Tickets (2001)
    OTHER POSITIONS
    Director, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HEI subsidiary)
    Director, American Savings Bank (HEI subsidiary)
    Director, ASB Hawaii (HEI subsidiary) (2016)
    Board member and Chair, Nature Conservancy of Hawaii (1988-2006)
    Board of Governors, Nature Conservancy (1997-2003)
    Chair, Child and Family Service (1984-1988); Consuelo Foundation (1991-2016); Blood Bank of Hawaii (1993-1994); Sesame Workshop (2000-2004); University of Hawaii Foundation (1996-1998)
    Board member, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (1982-2000); Queen's Health System and Medical Center (1989-2000); Punahou School (1998-2018); First Insurance of Hawaii Foundation; Child & Family Service-Philippines (1988-2016); Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation
    EDUCATION
    Juris Doctor, George Washington University
    Bachelor of Arts, University of California Berkeley