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Hawaiian Telcom appoints CFO, director

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Honolulu, Hi., USA - May 5, 2015, Honolulu, Hi., USA - Hawaiian Telcom announced the appointment of Dan T. Bessey as its new chief financial officer and Meredith J. Ching as a director.

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Mr. Bessey joins Hawaiian Telcom from Cesca Therapeutics, a bio-technology company based in Rancho Cordova, California, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and managed the Finance and Accounting, Business Planning and Forecasting, Corporate Development, Investor Relations and Human Resources functions.

Previously, Mr. Bessey spent 17 years at SureWest Communications (merged with Consolidated Communications in July 2012), a telecommunications company providing voice, video and data services to both residential and commercial customers in the greater Sacramento, California; Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri areas.

Mr. Bessey began his career at SureWest as its Director of Corporate Finance, was promoted to Controller then Vice President, Finance before being appointed Vice President, Chief Financial Officer responsible for multiple functions including, Finance and Accounting, Business Planning and Forecasting, Mergers and Acquisitions, Treasury Management, Investor Relations, Human Resources and Information Systems.

Mr. Bessey earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and accountancy from California State University, Sacramento where he graduated magna cum laude.

Ms. Ching is a senior vice president of government and community relations of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (A&B).

Ms. Ching has served as a key member of A&B's executive management team since 2007 when she was named senior vice president, government and community relations of the 145-year old Hawai'i company with interests in real estate development, agriculture, natural materials and infrastructure construction. Prior to joining A&B in 1982, she held the position of financial analyst with the Dillingham Corporation.

Ms. Ching's past government service activities included appointments to the State of Hawai'i Commission on Water Resource Management, the State Board of Agriculture, City & County of Honolulu Charter Commission, Mayor's Task Force to develop the Pacific Nations Center and the Governor's Task Force on the Department of Environmental Protection.

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