Eric K. Yeaman, President and COO, First Hawaiian Bank
Eric Yeaman joined First Hawaiian Bank (NASDAQ: FHB) as President and Chief Operating Officer on June 22, 2015. He oversees the bank’s Retail Banking Group as well as its Strategic Planning and Investor Relations, Digital Banking, Enterprise Technology, Operations Services and Bank Properties Divisions. He is also a member of the bank’s Senior Management Committee.
Prior to joining First Hawaiian Bank, Mr. Yeaman was President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Telcom from 2008 – 2015 where he successfully led the company’s return to profitability and growth as well as its transformation to become Hawaii’s technology leader with the launch of Hawaiian Telcom TV, 1 Gigabit internet speeds, data center and advanced cloud-based services.
In 2008, he served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO) where he was responsible for the leadership of its day-to-day Oahu operations, energy solutions, public affairs, financial and administrative process areas. Prior to that from 2003 – 2008, he served as Financial Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Hawaiian Electric Industries, HECO’s parent company. He was Chief Operating and Financial Officer for Kamehameha Schools from 2000 to 2003 and began his career leading numerous audit and consulting projects at Arthur Andersen LLP from 1989 - 2000.
Active in community affairs, Mr. Yeaman currently serves on the nonprofit boards of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and Friends of Hawaii Charities. Until recently, he was also on the nonprofit boards of The Queen’s Health Systems (the last 6 years as Chairman of the Board) and the Hawaii Community Foundation. In addition, he is a director of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), Alexander & Baldwin (NYSE: ALEX) and Hawaiian Telcom (NASDAQ: HCOM) and a member of the Hawaii Asia Pacific Association.
Mr. Yeaman was honored as one of the University of Hawaii Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni in 2016. He was also named Hawaii Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year for 2011. In September of 2010, he was inducted into University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business Hall of Honor. In 2004, Mr. Yeaman was recognized as the Financial Executive of the Year (Regional Award) sponsored by Robert Half International Inc. and the Institute of Management Accountants, as well as one of Pacific Business News’ Forty Under 40.
Mr. Yeaman was born and raised in Kona, Hawaii, earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree (with distinction) in accounting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a certified public accountant in the State of Hawaii.