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Bank of Hawaii Announces Executive Promotions: Dean Y Shigemura, Tony Mizuno and Vera Wright

Monday, December 18, 2017


Bank of Hawaii announces the following promotions to our senior leadership, effective Dec. 15, 2017:

  • Dean Y. Shigemura, chief financial officer, has been promoted to vice chair from senior executive vice president.
  • Tony Mizuno has been promoted to senior executive vice president from executive vice president of the Commercial Banking Group, and becomes a member of the bank’s Managing Committee.
  • Vera Wright, fiduciary support services manager, has been promoted to executive vice president from senior vice president.

Chief Financial Officer Dean Shigemura has been promoted to vice chair, and will continue to supervise the bank’s Treasury, Financial Reporting and Investor Relations departments. Shigemura has been a member of Bank of Hawaii’s Managing Committee since 2008.

Shigemura began his career at Bank of Hawaii in 1999 as vice president and investments officer. He was promoted to senior vice president in 2002, and was named executive vice president and bank treasurer the following year. In 2014, Shigemura was promoted to controller, and in January 2017 he was promoted to chief financial officer.

Prior to Bank of Hawaii, Shigemura worked as vice president and financial analyst for The Shidler Group. A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Shigemura holds a master’s degree in finance and management. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2012, he graduated from Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program, and he also holds a Certified Public Accountant designation in the state of Hawaii. Shigemura is currently on the board of directors of Diamond Head Theatre.

Tony Mizuno has been promoted to senior executive vice president from executive vice president of the Commercial Banking Group, and is a new member of the bank’s Managing Committee. His responsibilities include managing and leading all aspects of Commercial Banking, overseeing the bank’s commercial real estate loan business, corporate banking, commercial banking centers, dealer commercial services and equipment leasing.

Mizuno holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in finance, from the University of San Diego in California. He also serves on the boards for NAIOP Hawaii, Child & Family Service, Gift Foundation, Pacific Housing Assistance Corp. and Ponoholo Ranch.

Vera Wright has been promoted to executive vice president from senior vice president, overseeing the Trust Services Group (TSG). She is responsible for the overall administrative, management and supervision of Institutional Services, Personal Trust, Investment Management, Trust Real Estate and Trust Tax. Wright leads Hawaii’s most successful trust business and will continue to build its capabilities to support The Private Bank strategy at Bank of Hawaii.

Wright joined the bank in 2011 as vice president and manager of TSG’s Tax Department, and was promoted to senior vice president in 2013. An effective manager and strong leader, Wright’s expanded roles and responsibilities have included oversight of Trust Real Estate and a major re-structuring and software upgrade; repositioning TSG’s financial planning function and managing TSG’s largest business, Personal Trust.

Prior to joining Bank of Hawaii, Wright worked as tax manager at Hood & Strong, a regional public accounting firm based in San Francisco. She was also lead senior manager at KPMG LLP, and in Salt Lake City she worked as fiduciary tax administrator at Wells Fargo Bank and account manager at Discover Card Services.

She graduated from Weber State University in Utah with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting, and is also a Certified Public Accountant. Wright serves on the boards of the Domestic Violence Action Center, the Hawaii Tax Institute Advisory board, and is a member of the Hawaii Estate Planning Council.