East-West Center Board Elects New Chairman

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Honolulu Attorney R. Brian Tsujimura chosen to head EWC’s Board of Governors

R. Brian TsujimuraHONOLULU (March 19, 2012) – Members of the East-West Center’s Board of Governors have elected Honolulu attorney and land developer R. Brian Tsujimura to serve as the board’s new chairman. At a meeting on March 16, the board named Tsujimura to succeed Puongpun Sananikone, who had served his maximum term as chairman and will remain on the board as chair of its Outreach Committee. The board also selected Honolulu attorney Richard Turbin as vice chair.

In addition, Maui attorney Anthony Takitani has joined the board as Governor Neil Abercrombie’s official representative, and former Hawai‘i Gov. George Ariyoshi stepped down from the board after serving a yearlong appointment.

“It’s an honor to have been asked to serve as chair of the East-West Center board,” Tsujimura said. “The promotion of better relations and understanding between the United States and the Asia Pacific region is critical to our future as a country and a state, and there are few organizations in the world that have the Center’s capacity to bring together people from so many diverse places and viewpoints, and offer them an opportunity for dialogue in an atmosphere of mutual respect. I look forward to a productive and exciting time as we focus on building the Center’s resources and reaching out to the community and the region.”

Tsujimura, who goes by "Rick," is a lawyer, land developer and lobbyist in Honolulu. He has worked in government as a Deputy Attorney General, and in business as Assistant General Counsel for AMFAC, Inc. and as President of AMFAC Property Development Corp. Tsujimura serves on the board of the Queen’s Health Systems and is the U.S. Chair for Global Hope Network International, an international nonprofit based in Geneva, Switzerland, and on the advisory council for the Geneva Institute for Leadership and Public Policy. He has served on the board of PBS Hawai‘i; and as Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals of Honolulu; Vice Chair of the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority, and President of the board of Palama Settlement. He earned his BA from the University of Hawai‘i and his JD from Loyola University of Los Angeles, School of Law.