Maui Business

News Reporter Botticelli to Lead Hawaiian Airlines Communications

September 1, 2011, 11:08 AM HST
* Updated September 1, 11:12 AM
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Ann Botticelli takes communicaitons and public relations post with Hawaiian Airlines. Photo courtesy of McNeil Wilson.

By Sonia Isotov

Hawaiian Airlines announced today the appointment of communications executive and former news reporter Ann Botticelli to the post of senior vice president for corporate communications and public affairs.

On October 3, Botticelli will replace Al Hoffman, who is retiring from the position. She  will be responsible for internal and external communications, as well as government and community affairs for Hawaii’s leading tourism and transportation company.

“Ann’s diverse experience as a communicator and her knowledge of business and our local community are well-suited to our executive team,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, in a company statement today. “Her leadership will be important to guiding the many facets of our communications strategy as we expand our business.”

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“It has been a privilege to work with the outstanding leadership at Hawaiian Airlines and with the best group of employees in the industry, who deliver an unmatched product and service every day,” said Hoffman. “I couldn’t be more pleased about handing over the reins to my long-time colleague, Ann Botticelli.”

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Botticelli will leave her current position as vice president for community relations and communications at Kamehameha Schools on September 30. Prior to entering public relations, Botticelli spent two decades as a news reporter in Honolulu, covering business, consumer affairs and state government for KITV-4, KHON-TV and The Honolulu Advertiser.

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