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Wacker named American Saving Bank president


American Savings Bank has announced Richard Wacker will join the company as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Nov. 15. Wacker will also serve as a director of the bank.

“We are pleased to have found someone of Rich’s caliber and credentials to lead American Savings Bank,” said Constance H. Lau, chairman of the bank board and president and chief executive officer of parent company, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. “Rich’s extensive global banking, financial and operating experience in Asia, Europe and the U.S. will enhance American’s capability to help its customers grow and prosper. And, while we conducted a nationwide search, the best part was that Rich and his family were already living right here in Hawaii.”

Richard Wacker

As president and CEO, Wacker will report to Lau and lead the management team of the bank, with responsibility for growing the bank s business to better serve Hawaii residents and businesses.

Wacker replaces Timothy Schools, former American Savings Bank president, who recently relocated to the mainland.

Wacker currently serves as chairman of the board of the Korea Exchange Bank ( KEB ), the fifth largest Korean commercial bank that operates in 22 countries with approximately $90 billion in assets. Wacker joined KEB in 2004 as chief operating officer, then served as President and CEO of KEB from 2005 to 2009.

He successfully led a rebuilding of the bank following the Asian financial crisis to become one of the healthiest and most competitive Korean banks. In 2008, Wacker was recognized as one of Korea’s Most Respected CEOs.

Wacker also serves as the chairman of the KEB Foundation, which was established when he was KEB’s CEO as the first social welfare organization in the Korean financial industry. The KEB Foundation has been recognized as one of the best organizations of its kind in Korea.

Rich and his wife, Eileen, moved with their four children from Seoul, Korea in mid-2007 to make their home in Honolulu. Since then Rich has commuted between Honolulu and Seoul.

“I m excited to be joining the American Savings Bank team, and my family is excited that I ll have a much shorter commute to work,” Wacker said. “The American Savings Bank team has done a great job navigating the bank through a difficult environment, and I look forward to contributing to the growth and success of our bank, our customers, and our communities.”

Wacker s background also includes a 20-year career with General Electric (GE) during which he held a wide range of senior leadership positions in the US and Europe, including Vice President of Corporate Investor Communications; Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GE Capital’s card services unit; General Manager of GE Capital s audit staff; Chief Financial Officer of GE Capital Fleet Services-Europe and global product management positions with GE Medical Systems-Europe.

Wacker earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri.

Serving Hawaii’s businesses and communities for more than 85 years, American Savings Bank provides a full range of financial products and services, including commercial banking, consumer banking, insurance, and investments.

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