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Alan Oshima president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Company

Staff writer | Honolulu, Hi., USA | September 11, 2014
Hawaiian ElectricSeptember 11, 2014, Honolulu, Hi., USA - Hawaiian Electric Company announces that Alan Oshima has been named president and chief executive officer, effective October 1, 2014.
Mr. Oshima also served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Hawaiian Telcom from 2005 to 2008 and later as a senior adviser and director helping the company successfully emerge from reorganization in 2010. Mr. Oshima was founding partner of the law firm, Oshima Chun Fong & Chun.

Prior to that, he practiced law with Carlsmith Ball. With his significant experience with electric, telecommunications and transportation companies, as well as water and sewer resources in Hawaii, Oshima has been recognized multiple times as one of "America’s Best Lawyers” in the field of public utilities.

He chairs Hawaii 3Rs, a nonprofit organization that facilitates public-private partnerships to repair, restore and remodel Hawaii’s public schools. He is on the board of advisors of The Learning Coalition and serves as a director of the Hawaii Institute of Public Affairs where he has helped lead an initiative to form a public school land trust to rebuild and upgrade school facilities across the state.

Mr. Oshima serves as one of the six Hawaii Commissioners on the Education Commission of the States. He is also a longtime volunteer and former chairman of the board of the YMCA of Honolulu. Oshima has also been a strong champion of innovative energy programs, including Energy Excelerator, a resource provider for clean energy startups, and KUPU, an environmental stewardship program for young adults.

A Farrington High School graduate, Mr. Oshima graduated from Northwestern University and received a law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He also served with the U.S. Navy. He will succeed Dick Rosenblum, who has served in the position since 2009.