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Hawaiian Airlines Appoints Alanna James as Sustainability Director, Ashlee Kishimoto as IR Director

Hawaiian Airlines has appointed Alanna James as Managing Director of Sustainability Initiatives, and Ashlee Kishimoto as the company’s new Managing Director of Investor Relations.

Left to Right: Hawaiian Airlines' New Managing Director of Sustainability Initiatives Alanna James, and the Airline's New Managing Director of Investor Relations, Ashlee Kishimoto - Courtesy Hawaiian Airlines

On Monday (November 1, 2021), Hawaiian Airlines announced the appointment of Alanna James as Managing Director of Sustainability initiatives. In her new role, James will lead the company’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) programs, overseeing the goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and other sustainability initiatives. Alanna James has been Hawaiian’s Managing Director of Investor Relations since mid-2019. She joined the airline in 2011 and has since held positions in strategy and transformation and financial planning and analysis. Additionally, she previously oversaw the former ‘Ohana by Hawaiian’ turboprop operation. Before joining Hawaiian, Ms. James worked at strategy and business development at TACA Airlines in El Salvador. James holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College, and an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

In Monday’s announcement, Hawaiian Airlines’ Senior Vice President for Marketing, Avi Mannis, said,

“Alanna’s broad understanding of our operations and her strategic approach will allow us to accelerate our growing portfolio of ESG projects to continue making us a more sustainable airline.”

Also commenting on her new role at the airline, Alanna James added,

“I’m honored and look forward to advancing the exciting and impactful ESG work of our team as we expand our business with a focus on efficiency and sustainability.”

Hawaiian Airlines also announced the appointment of Ashlee Kishimoto as the company’s new Managing Director of Investor Relations. Ms. Kishimoto has been Hawaiian’s Managing Director of Human Resources Operations since 2018. She previously led the investor relations department between 2013 and 2017, and will now be responsible for managing the company’s communications with investors and other stakeholders. Previously, Kishimoto was a Director of SEC Reporting and SOX Compliance, as well as Managing Director of Corporate Audit. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of San Francisco.

Speaking on Ashlee’s new appointment, Hawaiian Airlines’ Chief Financial Officer, Shannon Okinaka, said,

“Ashlee’s strong financial reporting background will provide investors a clear view of our financial outlook as we navigate our emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Hawaiian® Airlines, Hawai’i’s hometown airline, has been the number one U.S. carrier for on-time performance for the past 17 years. The carrier has been in business for 92 years and is Hawaiʻi’s largest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian Airlines offers approximately 130 flights within the Hawaiian Islands and daily nonstop service to 16 mainland gateways. Additionally, the carrier connects the islands with Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Currently, service to Auckland and Brisbane remain suspended due to the pandemic. Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA).

Source: Hawaiian Airlines