Business Leaders On The Move In Hawaii – 11/6/13
Noriko Namiki has been named CEO of YWCA of Oahu. She joined YWCA of Oahu in April 2012 as chief communication officer. She was named interim CEO for YWCA after the departure of Kimberly Miyazawa Frank, who served in the position for a year. Namiki started her career as a news producer with CNN in Tokyo, and most recently was with ABC’s Tokyo Bureau.
Ryan Nagatori has been promoted to branch manager of Title Guaranty’s Kahala office. He will lead the Kahala branch’s escrow services. Nagatori started his career at TG in 2002, quickly becoming an escrow associate and escrow officer at Kahala. He has served as the office’s assistant branch manager since 2012.
Karen Miller has been elected to the Hale Kipa board of directors. While serving on the board, she will advance Hale Kipa’s efforts to help Hawaii’s at-risk youths attain a better life. As director of human resources at AlohaCare, Miller encourages employees to embrace the organization’s value of serving Hawaii’s people with the aloha spirit.
Vince Baldemor has been named executive director of athletics with Hawaii Pacific University. He will become the university’s ninth athletics director and will oversee 14 intercollegiate sports and campus recreation programs. Previously, Baldemor was president of Ahahui Koa Anuenue (AKA), the nonprofit fundraising partner for University of Hawaii athletics.
Robert Furukawa has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of JN Production. He will oversee the company’s translation and subtitling teams that service TV broadcasters and licensors in Japan and the U.S., particularly in the ever-growing anime and manga industry. He also heads the creative department that provides video production, DVD, voice-over and typesetting services for local businesses that target Japanese, Chinese and Korean markets. Furukawa joined the company in 1986 and succeeds Joanne Ninomiya.
Patrick Cournoyer has been appointed director of instructional delivery with Hawaiian Airlines. In this role, he is responsible for producing and leading an effective training program that meets the operational and professional development needs of Hawaiian Airlines’ 5,000-plus employees. Cournoyer started his airline career in 1999 as a flight attendant for U.S. Airways, and has 14 years of combined airline and employee training experience.