July 14, 2011

Constance Lau Appointed by President Obama to National Infrastructure Advisory Council

HONOLULU, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE - HE) announced that President Barack Obama recently appointed Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI) President and Chief Executive Officer Constance Lau to serve as a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC).

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The NIAC advises the President, through the Department of Homeland Security, on matters regarding the security of critical physical infrastructure and information systems. It also has the authority to provide advice directly to the heads of other agencies that have shared responsibility for protection of critical infrastructure, including Health and Human Services, Transportation and Energy. The NIAC is composed of not more than 30 members, selected from the private sector, academia, along with state and local government.

Lau also serves as Chairman of the Board of HEI's two principal subsidiaries, Hawaiian Electric Company and American Savings Bank, Hawaii's third largest bank.

In addition, Lau serves as a board member of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., the Associated Electrical & Gas Insurance Services, Ltd., the Electric Power Research Institute, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's newly-formed Twelfth District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council.

Lau is also a board member of Punahou School, the Hawaii Business Roundtable and the Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation. She holds a B.S. from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of California's Hastings College of Law and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

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SOURCE Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.