Walter A. Dods Jr. joined Hawaiian Telcom’s Board of Directors in May of 2005, and served as its Chairman from May of 2008 through the Company’s emergence from reorganization proceedings in October of 2010. In December of 2010, he agreed to rejoin the Board as a Director and Chairman of the Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee.
In December of 2008, he retired as chairman of the board of First Hawaiian Bank, a subsidiary of BancWest Corporation, a $90-billion bank holding company based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. He retired as chief executive officer of First Hawaiian Bank on December 31, 2004. BancWest's major subsidiaries are First Hawaiian Bank in Hawai‘i, Guam and Saipan; and Bank of the West in California and 20 other Western and Midwestern states.
Mr. Dods is also past Chairman of the Board of Alexander and Baldwin, Inc., Matson, Inc. and Mid Pacific Petroleum, LLC, and is currently a trustee with the Estate of Samuel Mills Damon.
In addition to BancWest Corporation, First Hawaiian Bank and Bank of the West, Mr. Dods serves on the boards of the following Hawai‘i businesses: HC&D, LLC; Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Co., Ltd.; Par Pacific Holdings, Inc., and Servco Pacific Inc.
Mr. Dods graduated from St. Louis High School, Honolulu, and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Hawai‘i.
He also serves on several civic and community boards throughout the state, including the Japan-America Institute of Management Science and Chaminade University of Honolulu. In 2004, Dods was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, with Gold and Silver Star, an imperial honor from the Government of Japan.