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Hawaiian Telcom CEO Yeaman joins First Hawaiian as president

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    Eric Yeaman, 47, has been President & Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Telcom since 2008.
  • COURTESY HAWAIIAN TELCOM
    Scott Barber, currently Hawaiian Telcom's chief operating officer, has been selected as the company's new president and chief executive officer and will also serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
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Hawaiian Telcom Chief Executive Officer Eric Yeaman resigned his position Monday to become the president and chief operating officer of First Hawaiian Bank.

Yeaman, 47, will begin his new role on June 22 and will be replaced by Scott Barber, currently the chief operating officer at the state’s largest telecommunications company.

Bob Harrison, the chairman, president and CEO of the bank, will relinquish one of his titles to make room for Yeaman. Harrison had served as president of First Hawaiian since 2009 and added the CEO title in 2012 when predecessor Don Horner retired. Harrison also became chairman of the board of directors in mid-2014.

“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,” said Yeaman, who also was elected to First Hawaiian’s board of directors. “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.”

Yeaman will remain a member of Hawaiian Telcom’s board. Barber also will join Hawaiian Telcom’s board.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Hawaiian Telcom’s dedicated local employees and our visionary board of directors to cement our position as Hawaii’s technology leader, delivering innovative products and services along with outstanding customer service for Hawaii’s businesses and residents,” Barber said.

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