James A. Ajello is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Chief Risk Officer of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI), NYSE: HE. Mr. Ajello’s prior experience includes serving Reliant Energy Inc. from 2000 to 2009, most recently as Senior Vice President of Business Development and also as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Commercial and Industrial Marketing and President of Reliant Energy Solutions LLC. In addition, Mr. Ajello was a Senior Banker/Managing Director of the Energy and Natural Resources Group of UBS Warburg/UBS Securities LLC and affiliates from 1984 to 1998. Currently, Mr. Ajello is chairman of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Advisory Board and serves on the board of trustees of Hawaii Pacific University and its affiliate, The Oceanic Institute. Mr. Ajello also serves on the Board of the HEI Community Foundation and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Enterprise Honolulu (Oahu Economic Development Board).
Mr. Ajello holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, an M.P.A. from Syracuse University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the European Institute of Business Administration in Fontainebleau, France.