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Hawaiian Telcom CEO resigns to become president, COO of First Hawaiian Bank

Eric Yeaman Eric Yeaman
Scott Barber Scott Barber
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Eric Yeaman, president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Telcom, resigned from the company to take on a new role as president and chief operating officer of First Hawaiian Bank, effective June 22, the companies announced Monday.

"We're delighted to welcome Eric aboard our senior leadership team,” said Bob Harrison of First Hawaiian Bank. “He is a local boy who knows Hawaii and its people. He understands the island business community and has a proven track record in building technology solutions that make sense for customers.”

Yeaman, 47, has been president and CEO of Hawaiian Telcom since 2008. He successfully led its financial and operational turnaround and was pivotal in the launch of Hawaiian Telcom TV, 1 Gigabit Internet speeds and advanced cloud-based services. 

"I have loved my very rewarding time at Hawaiian Telcom, but this offer to join Hawaii's largest and most successful bank is too exciting to pass up," Yeaman said. "I'm looking forward to working with the management and employees of an institution that plays such a key role in economic growth and community service in our islands."

The former Kona resident previously held top positions with the Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawaiian Electric Industries and Kamehameha Schools.

Yeaman will still remain a member of Hawaiian Telcom's Board of Directors, Hawaiian Telcom said.

Yeaman will be replaced by Scott Barber, Hawaiian Telcom's current chief operating officer, who will assume his new position on June 22.

Prior to joining Hawaiian Telcom in 2013, Barber spent 20 years at SureWest Communications where he most recently served as the company's COO. While there, he led operational efforts that mirror Hawaiian Telcom's expansion of Internet protocol television over fiber optic and copper facilities; next generation voice, data and managed services for business; and wireless data backhaul.

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