Scott K. Barber was named President and CEO of Hawaiian Telcom in June 2015. He joined the company as Chief Operating Officer in January 2013, overseeing Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Customer Care, Technology and Business Development.
Mr. Barber has more than 35 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, which he entered as a Construction – Line Worker at Kerman Telephone Company in California. Over his 12-year career at Kerman Telephone, he oversaw various areas of operations, including engineering, network operations, construction, installation and repair, fleet, safety and building management.
Before joining Hawaiian Telcom, Mr. Barber served as Vice President of Operations for Consolidated Communications in Roseville, California. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer for SureWest Communications, which was acquired by Consolidated Communications in July 2012. Mr. Barber began his career at SureWest in 1994, starting as an Engineering Manager. Over the years he was promoted to executive-level positions in Outside Plant and Network Operations before being named Chief Operating Officer in 2011.
At SureWest, Mr. Barber was instrumental in launching the Internet Protocol (IP) triple play (voice, video and data) over fiber. He spearheaded efforts to roll out new products, including Metro Ethernet, Session Initiation Protocol, Data Center, IP Private Branch Exchange, IP Long Distance, Voice-over-IP, high-definition TV, Whole Home DVR, Caller ID on TV, and 50 megabits-per-second residential high-speed Internet service. He also secured long-term contracts with multiple wireless carriers for data backhaul service to 540 sites.
Mr. Barber earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Regis University.
Committed to giving back to the community, Mr. Barber currently serves on the non-profit boards for Aloha United Way, the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaiʻi, and Child & Family Service. A former Mayor of the City of Kerman, he previously served on numerous community and industry boards including as President of the Kerman Chamber of Commerce and as Chairman and CEO of the California Communications Association. In addition, he previously served on the Sierra College Foundation Board of Directors, City of Rocklin Planning Commission, and the City of Roseville Economic Development Council.