Paul K. Yonamine is the Chairman and CEO of Central Pacific Financial Corp., the parent company of Central Pacific Bank at which he serves as its Executive Chairman. Prior to joining Central Pacific Financial Corp., Mr. Yonamine was Executive Chairman of GCA Corporation, Japan, the largest independent M&A advisory investment bank listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange specializing in technology based, cross border M&A advisory services with 18 offices across 10 countries.
Mr. Yonamine served as President and Country General Manager of IBM Japan, Ltd. until March 2017. IBM Japan was one of the best performing divisions of IBM with approximately $9 billion in annual revenues, and was recognized by Nikkei, Japan’s leading business journal, as a leader in workforce diversity.
Previously, Mr. Yonamine served as President and CEO of Hitachi Consulting Co., Ltd. from 2006 to 2010, where he founded the first consulting and solutions business for Hitachi Ltd. From 2004 to 2006, he was a senior advisor to the Mayor of the City & County of Honolulu where he led a private-public partnership initiative to reengineer City government operations. Mr. Yonamine also served as Executive Vice President and Chairman of BearingPoint Asia Pacific, President of KPMG Consulting in Japan and Managing Partner of the Hawaii operations of KPMG, LLC.
Mr. Yonamine serves on the board of directors of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of Japan (SMBC), one of the largest financial institutions in the world. He is Chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Japan Council, having formerly served as its Chair of the Board of Councilors, and is also on the board of directors for the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research. Mr. Yonamine is Co-Chair of the Economy Committee of the Hawaii Executive Collaborative’s CHANGE Initiative and a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and Move Oahu Forward. Mr. Yonamine is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and holds a CPA designation.