First Hawaiian Names Joel Rappoport General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

HONOLULU, Nov. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Joel Rappoport, a partner with the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Washington DC, will be joining First Hawaiian Bank’s Senior Management Committee and has been named executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of the Bank and its holding company, First Hawaiian, Inc., (NASDAQ:FHB) according to an announcement today by First Hawaiian Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Harrison. Rappoport’s appointment is effective January 3, 2017.

First Hawaiian General Counsel Joel Rappoport

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“Joel is an accomplished corporate and regulatory attorney with extensive experience representing banking institutions and their publicly traded holding companies and we are excited to have him join us as a valuable addition to our senior management team,” said Harrison. “With his results-oriented approach, we are very pleased to welcome Joel, who has family ties in Hawaii, to be leading our bank’s legal team.”

Rappoport, who has over 31 years of experience as an attorney, has been a partner since 2008 in the Financial Institutions Team of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Washington DC, where he advises financial institutions and their holding companies in structuring, negotiating and executing complex corporate transactions. Previously, he was a partner with the Washington DC law firms of Muldoon, Murphy & Aguggia, LLP, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP and Housley Kantarian & Bronstein P.C. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of North Carolina Banking Institute. Rappoport has a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law.

First Hawaiian Bank ( with $19.9 billion in total assets was founded in 1858 as Bishop & Co. and today it is Hawaii’s largest bank offering a diversified range of banking services to consumer and commercial customers, including deposit products, lending services, wealth management, insurance, private banking and trust services. It operates 57 branches in Hawaii, three on Guam and two on Saipan. First Hawaiian, Inc. (NASDAQ:FHB), the parent company of First Hawaiian Bank, is the largest publicly traded company based in Hawaii.

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Source:First Hawaiian, Inc.