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Bank of Hawaii Announces New Vice Presidents: Poiani, Samaranayake, Suhas and Thornton

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Honolulu, Hawaii (June 14, 2007) - Robert J. Poiani has been promoted from assistant vice president and trust officer to vice president and senior trust officer in the bank’s Private Client Services Family Wealth Team.  He is responsible for family wealth management planning and administration which includes financial planning; investments; fiduciary services; retirement planning; income, estate, and gift tax planning; business succession planning; and charitable gifting. 

Prior to joining Bank of Hawaii in 1995 as a tax and compliance officer, Poiani served as a financial analyst and assistant controller at Fenzel & Company, Inc. in Morristown, N.J.  and as a tax manager for TAG Associates, Ltd. in New York, N.Y.

Poiani earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Arizona State University. 

Manoj Samaranayake has been hired as vice president and tax director in the Tax Department at Bank of Hawaii.  He is responsible for managing operations, strategic tax planning and overseeing tax compliance issues for the Tax Department.

Prior to joining the bank, Samaranayake served as a senior tax manager for Accuity, LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.  

He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Samaranayake serves as a board member for the Board of Review for the State of Hawaii First Taxation District and as a member of the Hawaii Society of CPAs.  He currently serves as treasurer for the American Liver Foundation.

Amber K. Suhas has been promoted from assistant vice president to vice president in the bank’s Private Client Services Division.  She will continue her responsibilities as business development officer which includes providing clients with comprehensive wealth management services, such as trust and estate planning, investment services, retirement planning, business succession planning, financial planning, customized credit opportunities, and general banking services.

Suhas joined the bank in 2003 as a business banking officer.  Previously, she served as a financial consultant at American Savings Investment Services Corporation and as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, both based in Honolulu.

Suhas earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration and political science from the University of Oregon.

Ryan D. Thornton has been promoted from assistant vice president to vice president for Bank of Hawaii Insurance Services.  His ongoing responsibilities as account executive include risk management consulting for existing clients, and new business development for commercial insurance clients based on Oahu and the Big Island.

Thornton joined the bank in 2006 as an account executive after having spent several years with Honolulu based Fairmont Specialty as a commercial underwriter.

A graduate of Hawaii Pacific University, Thornton holds a bachelor of science degree in diplomacy.

Thornton is a member of the Hawaii Association of Insurance Professionals, Underwriters Association of Hawaii, and Rotary International.