Following the close of Cincinnati Bell’s acquisition of Hawaiian Telcom, the company announced that John Komeiji (Mānoa, BED ’75) has been appointed president and general manager. In addition, Walter Dods (Mānoa, BBA ’67) has joined Cincinnati Bell’s Board of Directors.
Komeiji joined the Hawaiian Telcom in 2008 and most recently served as chief administrative officer and general counsel. Prior to joining Hawaiian Telcom, he was a senior partner at law firm Watanabe Ing & Komeiji LLP where he focused on the litigation of commercial, personal injury, and professional liability matters.
Komeiji is a graduate of University Laboratory School in Honolulu, and earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a Juris Doctorate from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. Committed to giving back to the community, he currently serves as board vice chair for the Hawaiʻi Medical Service Association, as board vice chair for the Blood Bank of Hawaiʻi, as president of The 200 Club, and as a board member of the Hawai’i Visitors and Convention Bureau. He is a past board chairman of the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific and of the Boys and Girls Club of Hawai‘i.
A retired chairman of First Hawaiian Bank, Dods has served on Hawaiian Telcom’s Board of Directors since 2005. He served as board chairman from 2008 through 2010, and as chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee since 2010. Dods serves as a board member of BancWest Corporation, First Hawaiian Bank, Bank of the West, HC&D, LLC, Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Co., Ltd., Par Pacific Holdings, Inc., and Servco Pacific Inc. Dods graduated from St. Louis High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UH Mānoa.