Business Report 4/26/16: Island Air - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Business Report 4/26/16: Island Air

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Island Air has changed out CEOs so much in recent years, Dave Segal and the Star Advertiser made a chart so show all the guys who took a lap in the corner office.

The most recent change was a couple months ago when Jeffrey Au and a local hui bought majority control from Larry Ellison. Under his ownership Island Air shut down all operations except Maui and Lanai. Under Jeff Au, Les Murashige came back for a third stint as CEO.

Another former CEO, Rob Mauracher, came back as chief operating officer.

David Uchiyama, who for years was the de facto chief operating officer of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, signed on as chief commercial officer.

Maybe that was too many chiefs, or too many big salaries. Or maybe they had a screaming match and threw model airplanes at each other. Anyway, Murashige and Mauracher are gone, Uchiyama is acting, according to Segal, and that's actually okay, because Uchiyama worked for a couple airlines in his youth, and, more importantly, from his tenure with the state he has contacts at all the mainland carriers that could feed transfer traffic to Island Air.

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