Sunshine Topping was named Vice President - Human Resources (HR) and Culture Office in July 2018. A seasoned HR executive with nearly two decades of experience, she oversees the company’s HR, benefits, employment and HR information systems (HRIS), labor relations, organizational development and training functions, and strategic culture initiatives. She joined Hawaiian Telcom as Vice President of Human Resources in June 2015.
Prior to joining Hawaiian Telcom, Ms. Topping served as Chief Human Resources Strategy Officer for ‘ike, a Hawai‘i-based technology company where she was responsible for guiding HR within the family of companies, including strategic staffing, benefits alignment, employee engagement activities, and leading the rebranding initiative for the parent company.
Prior to this, Ms. Topping served as Senior Director of Recruitment for Hawaiian Airlines. Among other accomplishments, she launched their recruitment department, conducted a comprehensive needs assessment and created innovative workforce development plans.
Hawai‘i Business Magazine named Ms. Topping as one of 20 for the Next 20: Hawai‘i’s People to Watch in 2017. In 2010, Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed her to serve on his cabinet as the State’s Director of the Department of Human Resource Development, where she managed labor and employee relations, recruitment, training, workers compensation, organizational development, legislation and the departmental budget.
Ms. Topping also has extensive HR experience at telecommunications and technology companies both in Hawai‘i and on the mainland, including at Sandwich Isles Communications, Adtech/Spirent Communications, and The Boeing Company.
Born and raised in Hilo, Ms. Topping graduated from Hilo High School before receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is also a certified Senior Professional Human Resources.
Committed to giving back the HR industry and to the community, Ms. Topping currently serves as an appointed member of the State Workforce Development Board. She is a Board member of the Society of Human Resource Management – Hawai‘i Chapter, Ho’okua’aina, a non-profit organization that uses Hawaiian traditions of kalo (taro) cultivation to improve the lives of today’s youth and build a health community, and the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation. She is also a member of Hālau Kupukupu Kealoha.