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Inkinen is assisting Hawaii Electric (HECO) with their search for a VP of Human Resources & Chief People Strategist.


Established in 1891, Hawaiian Electric is committed to empowering its customers and communities by providing affordable, reliable, clean, and sustainable energy. Hawaiian Electric serves 95 percent of Hawaii’s 1.4 million residents on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, Lanai, and Molokai. Its aggressive Climate Change Action Plan is to reduce carbon emissions in 2030 by as much as 70 percent below 2005 levels and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.

In 2021, Hawaiian Electric set a strategic plan to be one of the most progressive and high-performing companies in the world, serving the energy needs of each person in Hawaii with purpose, compassion, empathy, and aloha. The strategic plan framework focuses on three areas to create a positive cycle to strengthen the company and earn the trust of its many stakeholders:

  • create customer value by continuously improving the customer experience, expanding service offerings, and achieving affordability and equity;
  • strengthen the company foundation by reinforcing a safety culture, developing a high-performance workforce, and managing financial stability and efficiency;
  • build a stronger Hawaii by driving climate change mitigation and adaptation, activating community leadership and alignment, and strengthening infrastructure.

By 2025, Hawaiian Electric will be recognized as a driver of economic and societal change, a decarbonized and resilient energy system, a strong company culture, a trusted energy partner, and a pillar of financial strength.


Hawaiian Electric seeks a Vice President of Human Resources and Chief People Strategist to effectively execute the human capital strategy in support of the Company’s ambitious strategic plan. Candidates for this role must possess the ability to creatively navigate a complex organization through major transformation, lead with strength and empathy, and partner with its executives, managers, and employees.

The VP of Human Resources and Chief People Strategist will develop, and effectively execute, short-term objectives and long-term goals involving workforce planning and development at all levels, total rewards,  executive compensation, and human capital redeployment which includes up-skilling, reskilling, knowledge transfer, recruitment and retention, and organization development. Moreover, the Vice President of Human Resources will steward and drive a culture of collaboration that embraces change, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and build and implement programs that will encourage leadership and high employee engagement.  

As part of an orderly and well-executed corporate succession plan, the incumbent Vice President of Human Resources, a member of and strategic partner to the executive management team, is scheduled to retire in 2022.

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