Alexander & Baldwin Inc. has announced a reorganization that will see STANLEY KURIYAMA promoted to president and chief executive officer of the company's Land Group, a new organizational structure combining the company's agribusiness and real-estate subsidiaries. He remains vice chair and chief executive officer of A&B Properties Inc. He has been with the company since 1992.
CHRISTOPHER J. BENJAMIN remains chief financial officer with his promotion from vice president to senior vice president.
G. STEPHEN HOLADAY was named president of the Agribusiness subsidiary, overseeing operations units including sugar and coffee and supporting functions, with a renewed focus on specialty food products and energy production from agricultural byproducts. He joined A&B in 1983 as controller, and has also served as chief financial officer and Hawaii Commercial & Sugar Co. plantation general manager. He reports to Kuriyama.
NELSON N.S. CHUN was promoted to senior vice president and chief legal officer. He had been vice president and general counsel. He, like Kuriyama, is a former partner in the Honolulu law firm of Cades Schutte LLP.
Two key promotions were also announced at A&B transportation subsidiary, MATSON NAVIGATION CO. INC.:
MATTHEW J. COX was named executive vice president and chief operating officer, allowing Matson president and chief executive officer JAMES S. ANDRASICK to focus on Matson's Guam-China service initiative and other key matters. Matson on Tuesday received the MV Manulani container ship, which the company plans to run on a route linking two Chinese ports with California starting next year. Cox had been senior vice president and chief financial officer, and continues to report to Andrasick.
DAVID L. HOPPES was promoted to senior vice president, from vice president, ocean services.
CHRISTOPHER J. BENJAMIN, newly appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer for Alexander & Baldwin Inc., is also among three new board members of the Institute for Human Services, O'ahu's largest emergency shelter. He is joined by KARL ESSIG, advisory director of Morgan Stanley, and MICHAEL T. JONES, division president of D.R. Horton Schuler Division.
Two appointments at local credit unions have been announced:
RODNEY SOON has joined Hawaii State Federal Credit Union as chief lending officer. He will manage the credit union's loan portfolio, and oversee day-to-day operations of loan and collections sections. Soon was most recently credit manager for Airgas Gaspro Inc., and is a 19-year veteran of Bank of Hawaii, including positions as vice president in the home equity department, and vice president/collections manager in the collections department.
DRAKE TANABE has been named controller of the University of Hawai'i Federal Credit Union, overseeing all accounting. He was, most recently, vice president of Aloha Airlines Federal Credit Union, and before that, manager of Media Hawaii Federal Credit Union. Also named to management posts at UHFCU were PAUL LEMCKE, new support services director, responsible for back office operations; and BARON NAKAMURA, sales and service director, overseeing the integration of the credit union's One Stop Experience system, which pairs members with one personalized full-service representative.
BRUCE ANDERSON, president of Oceanic Institute, has been named to the newly-established, nine-member national Marine Aquaculture Task Force, formed of leaders in the fields of science, industry, conservation and government, to address open-ocean aquaculture's risks and benefits. The creation of the task force comes on the heels of submitted legislation, that, if passed, would authorize establishment of a regulatory system for offshore aquaculture. The raising of fish and other aquatic species in captivity for example Hawai'i's open-ocean caged aquaculture operation for moi and kahala is one of the fastest growing segments of Hawai'i's agricultural economy. The task force will host a range of scientific and policymaking meetings, and encourage communications with leaders from government, industry, science and the environmental community. The task force is to complete its work in 18 months. Anderson is former state director of health.
Local hotel veteran NORMAN HIGASHI has been named resident resort manager of the 173-room Makaha Resort & Golf Club, located on 300 acres in Leeward O'ahu. His 25 years of hospitality management have included positions at properties such as Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, Outrigger Reef on the Beach, Marriott Waikoloa Beach Hotel, Turtle Bay Resort and others.
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