HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines today announced the appointment of Sayle Hirashima as vice president – controller. In this role, Hirashima is responsible for Hawaiian Airlines’ accounting functions and financial records. He leads policy review and development, oversees technology system management, and ensures compliance, timeliness and accuracy of internal and external reporting, including audits, tax liabilities and filings.
“Sayle’s established record managing accounting and finances in high-level organizations and environments will undoubtedly make him a skillful steward of our financial activities,” said Shannon Okinaka, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Hawaiian Airlines.
Prior to joining Hawaiian Airlines, Hirashima served as chief financial officer and vice president at Koko‘oha Investments Inc./MidPac Petroleum, LLC, where he directed all accounting, financial and administrative matters. During his tenure, Hirashima was part of a management team in charge of the company’s successful merger with Par Petroleum. Previously, as director of accounting at Hawai‘i Stevedores Inc., Hirashima led a financial restructure, improved operational efficiencies, and helped execute the company’s sale to Horizon Lines Inc. His other positions include vice president and manager of external reporting at BancWest Corp./First Hawaiian Bank, senior associate for assurance at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and administrative supervisor at Xpress Trucking & Distribution.
Hirashima holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting and finance from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 11 years (2004-2014) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.
Now in its 86th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. Mainland. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.
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