Friday, May 11, 2007

Alexander & Baldwin redirects ag execs

Pacific Business News (Honolulu) - April 17, 2007

Job assignments are changing for two senior executives of Alexander & Baldwin's Kauai and Maui farming divisions, and a third has been hired, so the company can focus on "sugar specialty products."

Wayne Katayama has signed on a president and general manager of Kauai Coffee Co. effective immediately. He had been president of Kilauea Agronomics and Hawaii Fruit Specialities Ltd., both subsidiaries of C. Brewer & Co. Ltd., capping a long career with Brewer that started with an accountant's job at the C. Brewer Properties office in Honolulu. He has supervised production of sugar, macadamia nuts and guava.

Frank Kiger, who has held dual positions as president of Kauai Coffee and vice president of factory operations for Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co., retains the second role while becoming vice chairman of Kauai Coffee. Katayama will report to Kiger.

Donn Soares, who has been general manager of Kauai Coffee, becomes vice president for national sales and marketing for Kauai Coffee Co. and assumes responsibility for HC&S's Maui Brand Sugar as well.

"Wayne brings to Kauai Coffee more than two decades of management and agricultural experience," Kiger said. "This also allows us to redirect Donn Soares' time and expertise to support HC&S's strategic shift to increased specialty sugar production."

HC&S has been the exclusive provider of sugar for the Mainland product "Sugar in the Raw."

Kauai Coffee produced 2.7 million pounds of coffee in 2006, 60 percent of Hawaii's entire coffee production. It is the largest coffee plantation in the United States.

Honolulu-based Alexander & Baldwin (Nasdaq: ALEX) also owns Oakland, Calif.-based Matson Navigation Co. and A&B Properties.

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