Hawaiian Electric Names New CEODecember 10, 2019, 3:18 PM HST · Updated December 10, 3:18 PM 0 Comments
Scott Seu, a senior vice president at Hawaiian Electric Company, will succeed Alan Oshima as president and chief executive officer of the company.
Oshima has led Hawaiian Electric and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric and Hawaiˋi Electric Light,
Seuʻs appointment will go into effect in the first quarter of next year, the company announced today.
“Scott has been a leader of Hawaiian Electric’s transformation into a more customer-focused
enterprise that not only delivers on being a reliable, responsive energy provider but is also a
trusted partner in achieving our state’s sustainability goals,” Hawaiian Electric board member Tim Johns said in a press release.
Seu is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He joined Hawaiian Electric in 1993 and has held a number of key leadership positions across the company, including in the areas of environmental management, customer programs, renewable energy development, system operations and community engagement.
“We have the plans in place to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our use of
fossil fuels over the next decade and with his unique experience in operations and working with
the community, I know Scott is the right person to get it done,” Oshima said in a press release. “This leadership transition ensures that our pace continues accelerating toward our clean energy goals.”
Since 2017, Seu has overseen the company’s regulatory, government and community affairs,
and corporate relations departments. He previously served as vice president of system operations and is one of the company’s leaders on cybersecurity issues, working as a liaison with the military and federal and state agencies.
Company representatives said Seu has also led the companyʻs resilience initiatives, focusing on community awareness and building stronger relationships with public and private stakeholders amid the rising threat of storm events related to climate change.
“Growing up in Hawaiˋi and in the company, I feel a profound sense of duty to help chart the
course for our future generations,” Seu said. “This is a critical time in our state’s clean energy
transformation and as I talk to people it’s clear that there are many different visions of the best
way forward. That means our work isn’t just about technology, but about pulling together as a
community to collaborate and understand the choices we can make.”
Internally, Seu leads the implementation of the “One Company” transformation strategy, which
brings together the best practices of Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawai‘i Electric Light
to reduce duplication, share resources and maximize efficiency to provide savings to customers
while continuing to meet the needs of each island’s communities.
Seu is board chair of Hale Kipa and Hawai‘i Green Growth. He also serves as a board member
for Teach for America Hawaiʻi, and supports the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s College of
Engineering as a member of the Dean’s Council.