HONOLULU – December 21, 2012 - Hawaiian Airlines has announced the promotion of Mark Arimoto to the position of associate general counsel, and the appointment of Robin Kobayashi and Scott Miyasato to the position of assistant general counsel in the company’s legal department.
The appointments are in keeping with the company’s growth plan and increasing scope of operations with expansion into new markets.
“Mark Arimoto earned this promotion with the superb work he has done since joining the company five years ago, a period in which Hawaiian has enjoyed tremendous growth,” said Hoyt Zia, Hawaiian’s senior vice president – general counsel and corporate secretary.
“We will add a sixth and seventh country to our international route network next year with new nonstop service to New Zealand and Taiwan, and we plan to continue expanding into new markets overseas. Robin and Scott bring extensive legal backgrounds that will help ensure that we grow our operations efficiently,” added Zia.
Mark Arimoto – Associate General Counsel
Mark Arimoto has been promoted to associate general counsel and will continue to help oversee many of the day-to-day activities of Hawaiian’s legal department, including transactions and government regulations. Arimoto joined the airline as assistant general counsel in September 2007, having previously worked in securities litigation for a private law firm in Boston and Los Angeles. An alumnus of ‘Iolani School in Honolulu, he graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude and earned his law degree from Georgetown University.
Robin Kobayashi – Assistant General Counsel
Robin Kobayashi has been appointed assistant general counsel and will focus on labor and employment issues for Hawaiian. She joins Hawaiian after 12 years of experience clerking and working for law firms and government, including four years as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, DC. A graduate of Kaiser High School in Honolulu, Kobayashi attended the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with distinction, before receiving her law degree from the University of Washington.
Scott Miyasato – Assistant General Counsel
Scott Miyasato has been appointed assistant general counsel and will focus on financial and contractual matters for Hawaiian. Miyasato comes to Hawaiian after 10 years of private practice and corporate experience gained at the law firm Cades Schutte in Honolulu and most recently as general counsel for a medical device company. An alumnus of Pearl City High School on O‘ahu, he graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science before earning his law degree cum laude from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past eight years (2004-2011) 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 84th 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 nonstop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. New nonstop service will begin between Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand on March 13, 2013, and between Honolulu and Taipei, Taiwan in July 2013. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.
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