Eric Yeaman joined First Hawaiian Bank as President and Chief Operating Officer on June 22, 2015. He oversees the bank’s Retail Banking Group as well as its Enterprise Technology, Operations Services and Bank Properties Divisions. He is also a member of the bank’s Senior Management Committee, involved in strategic planning and growth opportunities to further strengthen First Hawaiian’s industry leader position.
Prior to joining First Hawaiian Bank, Mr. Yeaman was President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Telcom from 2008 – 2015 where he successfully led the company’s return to profitability and growth as well as its transformation to become Hawaii’s technology leader with the launch of Hawaiian Telcom TV, 1 Gigabit internet speeds, data center and advanced cloud-based services.
In 2008, he served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO) where he was responsible for the leadership of its O‘ahu operations, energy solutions, public affairs, financial and administrative process areas. Prior to that from 2003 – 2008, he served as Financial Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Hawaiian Electric Industries, HECO’s parent company. He was Chief Operating and Financial Officer for Kamehameha Schools from 2000 to 2003 and began his career leading numerous audit and consulting projects at Arthur Andersen LLP from 1989 - 2000.
Born and raised in Kona, Hawai‘i, Mr. Yeaman earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree (with distinction) in accounting from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is a certified public accountant in the state of Hawai‘i.
Active in community affairs, Mr. Yeaman serves on the not-for-profit boards of Queen’s Health Systems (currently Chairman of the Board), Hawai‘i Community Foundation, the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and Friends of Hawai‘i Charities. He is also a director of Alaska Air Group, Alexander & Baldwin and Hawaiian Telcom and a member of the Hawai‘i Asia Pacific Association.
Mr. Yeaman was honored as one of the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni in 2016. He was also named Hawai‘i Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year for 2011. In September of 2010, he was inducted into University of Hawai‘i’s Shidler College of Business Hall of Honor. In 2004, Mr. Yeaman was recognized as the Financial Executive of the Year (Regional Award) sponsored by Robert Half International Inc. and the Institute of Management Accountants, as well as one of Pacific Business News’ Forty Under 40.