Retired U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki has been elected to the board of directors of First Hawaiian Bank.
The Kauai native resigned as U.S. Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs last May amid controversy over the wait times for veterans needing healthcare.
Prior to President Barack Obama’s nomination in 2008, he previously served on the bank’s board from 2006 to 2008.
“We are proud to welcome General Shinseki back to our ohana. He is a man of great integrity and character who has dedicated his entire career to serving our nation,” said Bob Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank chairman, president and CEO.
Born on the island of Kauai, Shinseki is the first person of Asian ancestry to lead one of the American military service branches. He retired from the U.S. Army in August 2003 after a 38-year military career capped by four years (1999-2003) as Chief of Staff, the top uniformed position in the Army.
Shinseki graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds a master’s degree in English Literature from Duke University.
He received numerous honors and decorations for his leadership and courage including the U.S. Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
First Hawaiian Bank with $18.1 billion in assets was founded in 1858 and is Hawaii’s oldest and largest bank. It has 57 branches in Hawaii, three on Guam and two on Saipan.