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Hawaiian Telcom Executive Team

Hawaiian Telcom is led by a strong, seasoned team with a wealth of communication, entertainment and other specialized expertise.

Su Shin, President

Su Shin is Hawaiian Telcom’s first female president in the company’s 140-year history. She is responsible for advancing Hawaiian Telcom’s brand, managing the company’s external and community affairs, overseeing external communications, and strengthening the company’s culture and employee experience.

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Filifotu "Fotu" Vaai, Vice President – Business Sales

Filifotu Vaai, Vice President – Business Sales, manages Hawaiian Telcom’s business sales channels – enterprise, commercial, state, local and federal government.

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She previously served as Vice President - Consumer Product & Sales and was responsible for managing Hawaiian Telcom’s consumer sales and product pricing teams.

Prior to joining Hawaiian Telcom in 2017, Ms. Vaai served as country (general) manager for Bluesky Communications, American Samoa’s leading internet, wireless, and TV service provider. Her extensive experience in telecommunications includes serving as Marketing Director for Bluesky Group during its acquisitions of SamoaTel and Telecom Cook Islands, and its merger with Amalgamated Telcom Holdings (ATH) in Fiji.

Born and raised in Samoa, Ms. Vaai earned a Bachelor of Commerce & Administration degree with Honors in Information Systems from the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. In 2007 she earned a Graduate Certificate in Telecommunications and Information Resource Management from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where she also earned a Master of Arts in Communications.

In 2021, Ms. Vaai was recognized by Hawaii Business Magazine as one of nine women in Hawai‘i who broke through the technology industry’s glass ceiling.

She currently is a Board member of the Public Schools of Hawai‘i Foundation and was selected as part of the 8th cohort of the Patsy T. Mink Leadership Alliance.

 

Ron Beerman, Vice President – Network Operations

Ron Beerman is Vice President of Network Operations for Cincinnati Bell and Hawaiian Telcom. Mr. Beerman is responsible for technology and service management functions, including the Network Operations Center, planning and engineering, Central Office support, and technology at the heart of our residential, business, and wholesale services.

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Mr. Beerman joined the company in 1996. Prior to his current position, Mr. Beerman served as Vice President of Wireline Operations. Mr. Beerman has also served in leadership positions within Information Technology, Call Center Operations, Network Operations, Managed Services, and Field Operations.

Mr. Beerman holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and an MBA from Xavier University. Mr. Beerman serves on the Board of Directors for Camp Joy in Clarksville, Ohio, and has served as chair for several successful corporate fundraising campaigns, including the 2016 United Way campaign, which raised over $1.8 million dollars.

 

Michele Lehmkuhl, Vice President – Consumer Strategy & Sales

Michele Lehmkuhl is Vice President – Consumer Strategy & Sales, responsible for the consumer market segment at Hawaiian Telcom. She is focused on driving consumer market growth tied to Hawaiian Telcom’s expanding fiber footprint. She has responsibility for attracting and retaining customers, understanding the needs of customers to drive a better experience and overseeing sales operations.

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Ms. Lehmkuhl joined Hawaiian Telcom’s parent company altafiber in October 2000. Prior to her current position, she served as Vice President of Product Strategy where she had responsibility for pricing, revenue management and product strategy in the consumer and business markets.

Ms. Lehmkuhl earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University.

 

Jamie Tica Kawamoto, Vice President – Marketing

As Vice President – Brand Marketing, Jamie Kawamoto is responsible for driving and measuring brand awareness and equity for Hawaiian Telcom. Areas of responsibility include brand strategy, sponsorships & events, PR, social media and market research.

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She previously served as Hawaiian Telcom’s Executive Director – Marketing Communications, with responsibility for advertising, acquisition & loyalty marketing, social media, website content, PR and internal communications. Key initiatives included driving awareness and adoption of Hawaiian Telcom’s fiber-based products, including Fioptics Internet, TV and hosted voice, as well as business solutions such as cloud, security and IT services.

Prior to joining Hawaiian Telcom in 2013, Ms. Kawamoto, who has 25 years of experience in marketing, was lead producer at Honolulu-based Tetris Online, Inc. and served as marketing director for Avatar Reality, Inc., a private Honolulu-based augmented reality game studio. Before relocating to Honolulu, Ms. Kawamoto held various marketing leadership positions at industry-leading companies such as Walmart.com, Mattel and Sony PlayStation.

Born in New York and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Ms. Kawamoto earned a Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Blood Bank of Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i Literacy.

 

Gary Peddicord, Vice President – Carrier Services

Gary Peddicord is Vice President of Carrier Services, also known as Wholesale Markets, for Cincinnati Bell and Hawaiian Telcom. He is responsible for driving revenue and overseeing the operations for both companies’ Wholesale business units.

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Mr. Peddicord joined Cincinnati Bell in May 1979 and has held leadership positions in Operations, Regulatory Accounting and Product Management. Prior to joining Cincinnati Bell, he served as an Area Sales Representative for Pitney Bowes.

Mr. Peddicord earned a Marketing degree from Northern Kentucky University and an MBA from Xavier University. He participates in various Leukemia Cancer fundraising events.

 

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Jason Thune, Vice President – Fiber Strategy and Deployment

Mr. Thune began his career at Hawaiian Telcom as a summer intern in 1998. Over his nearly 25-year career with the company, he has held key leadership roles in different areas, including customer operations, network operations, network planning and IT. Prior to being promoted to vice president in August 2022, he served as Executive Director - Fiber Strategy and Deployment.

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To help bring fiber broadband to some of Hawai‘i’s most rural areas, primarily on the neighbor islands, Mr. Thune spearheaded projects to pursue federal grants from the Connect America Fund Phase II, Connect America Fund Phase II Auction and Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. His efforts led to Hawaiian Telcom securing $68.5 million to enable 23,000 locations in rural areas with fiber broadband.

Mr. Thune earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – College of Business, and an MBA from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa - Shidler College of Business.

He was recognized as one of the 40 Under Forty by Pacific Business News in 2017 and he is a member of the Pacific Century Fellows class of 2016.

Mr. Thune serves on the board of the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America.