HONOLULU – Jun. 8, 2006 - Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., announced that five members have joined its board of directors, including two that joined last fall, increasing to 12 the number of board members overseeing the company.
Lawrence S. Hershfield, chairman of the board, commented, “We have added business professionals that significantly strengthen our board's expertise and also provide us with a more diversified representation of the industry and community-at-large in Hawaii.”
Hawaiian's five newest board members are as follows:
Sean Kim is the designated representative for the International Association of Machinists. Kim has been an attorney in Honolulu for 30 years, concentrating his practice on labor issues. His clients include the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees, Local 5, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Hawaii Carpenters Union, and Hawaii Teamsters and Allied Workers.
Crystal Rose is a partner in the Honolulu law firm of Bays Deaver Lung Rose & Baba, specializing in business law. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Rose is very active within the community serving on various boards, including the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, Boys & Girls Club of Honolulu and the CEO's Board of Advisors at Kamehameha Schools.
Todd Budge is President and CEO of Tokyo Star Bank. He has the distinction of being both the first non-Japanese and youngest person at 46 to lead a Japanese bank. He has worked in Japan for more than 15 years, joining Tokyo Star Bank in 2002 as chief operating officer and being appointed CEO a year later.
Eric Nicolai joined the board last September as the designated representative for the Air Line Pilots Association. He has been a pilot with Hawaiian since 1985 and is currently a B767 Captain for transpacific flights served by the airline.
William Swelbar joined the board last November as the designated representative for the Association of Flight Attendants. Swelbar is president and managing partner of Eclat Consulting and has more than 20 years of experience in airline industry economics and financial trends.
Other members of Hawaiian's board of directors are Lawrence S. Hershfield, chairman; Mark B. Dunkerley, president and CEO; Gregory S. Anderson; Donald J. Carty; Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, USN (Retired); Randall L. Jenson; and Bert T. Kobayashi, Jr.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian was the nation's number one carrier for on-time service, fewest flight cancellations and best baggage service reliability in 2005, according to reports by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer travel surveys conducted by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Zagat all rank Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.
Now in its 77th year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state's biggest and longest-serving airline, and the second largest provider of passenger air service between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities than any other airline (nine), as well as service to Australia, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 100 daily jet flights among the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (AMEX and PCX: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.