First Hawaiian Bank announces new president, chief operating officer

Eric Yeaman (Photo provided by FHB)

First Hawaiian Bank will have a new president and chief operating officer starting later this month.

Eric Yeaman will also serve on its board of directors effective June 22, the company announced Monday.

Yeaman, 47, has been president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Telcom since 2008. He previously held senior positions with Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Kamehameha Schools and the Arthur Andersen LLP accounting and consulting firm.

Harrison said Yeaman’s appointment was approved unanimously by the bank’s board of directors.

“We’re delighted to welcome Eric aboard our senior leadership team. He is a local boy who knows Hawaii and its people. He understands the island business community and has a proven track record in building technology solutions that make sense for customers. In addition, he has executive experience in a wide range of businesses as well as a broad financial management background that will strengthen the next generation of our team,” said FHB chairman, president and CEO Bob Harrison. “Just as important, Eric shares our bank’s values and commitment to customers, employees and the community.”

“I have loved my very rewarding time at Hawaiian Telcom, but this offer to join Hawaii’s largest and most successful bank is too exciting to pass up. I’m looking forward to working with the management and employees of an institution that plays such a key role in economic growth and community service in our islands,” Yeaman said.

Yeaman will remain a member of Hawaiian Telcom’s Board of Directors.

He will be succeeded at Hawaiian Telcom by Scott Barber, who is currently the company’s chief operating officer.

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