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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 11:59 a.m., Monday, April 2, 2007

Hawaiian Telcom names new chief financial officer

Advertiser Staff

Hawaiian Telcom has named a veteran Mainland telephone company executive as the company's new chief financial officer.

Paul Sunu, with more than 25 years of experience in finance, tax, treasury, securities, and law, is scheduled to begin his new duties on May 14.

Since 1996, Sunu has served as managing director and chief financial officer for Madison River Communications, which operates four local telephone companies, primarily in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Illinois. He is a co-founder of Madison River and also serves on the company's Board of Directors. Madison River is the 19th largest US local phone company and will be acquired by CenturyTel in a deal that is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.

"Paul is well-known and respected in the financial community, and he brings great expertise and deep telecommunications experience to Hawaiian Telcom," said Mike Ruley, Hawaiian Telcom's chief executive officer.

During Sunu's tenure, Madison River successfully integrated five local telephone operations and converted multiple billing and accounting systems.

Sunu is a CPA and received a bachelor's degree in public administration and accounting in 1978 from the University of Illinois. He earned a law degree from the University of Illinois in 1981. Sunu and his wife, Grace, who is from Hawaii, have two children who are attending college on the Mainland.