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John Komeiji to lead Hawaiian Telcom

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John Komeiji has been named president and general manager of Hawaiian Telcom, the company announced today.

John Komeiji, Hawaiian Telcom’s chief administrative officer and general counsel, has been named president and general manager, the company announced today.

In April, the state Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to approve the $650 million sale of Hawaiian Telcom to Ohio-based Cincinnati Bell.

“Joining forces with Cincinnati Bell is a milestone in this journey that positions Hawaiian Telcom for long-term success, enabling us to continue investing in Hawaii and unlocking new opportunities for innovation and growth,” Komeiji said in a statement. “I’m humbled and excited to work with our local leadership team and employees to engage with our communities as we expand our statewide fiber network and deliver advanced services to more customers.”

Prior to joining Hawaiian Telcom in 2008, the company said that Komeiji was a senior partner at law firm Watanabe Ing & Komeiji LLP.

Walter Dods, retired chairman of First Hawaiian Bank, and Meredith Ching, executive vice president of external affairs at Alexander & Baldwin, have been named to Cincinnati Bell’s board of directors, which has expanded from nine to 11 members.

Hawaiian Telcom also announced that Su Shin has been named to the newly created position of chief of staff, with the responsibilities of assisting Komeiji “with day-to-day management of personnel and execution of strategic initiatives.” Shin, a former journalist with KHNL-TV and senior vice president with the Bennet Group public relations firm, had been Hawaiian Telcom’s executive director of marketing and communications.

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