Young Brothers Welcomes 5 Women to Key Leadership Roles

By: GWL Team | Monday, 4 December 2023

Young Brothers, a long-standing fixture in the typically male-dominated marine business, has ushered in a new era by selecting five talented women to crucial leadership roles. The influx of varied talent has the potential to transform the company's direction.

Lauren Imada has been named Director of Strategic Initiatives and Deputy General Counsel. Lauren, a seasoned legal practitioner, will play a critical role in coordinating Young Brothers' legal, regulatory, and government affairs strategy. Her previous positions include Senior Counsel at Kamehameha Schools and Counsel Partner at Morihara Lau & Fong.

Ashlee Kishimoto, the recently hired Director of Finance, provides extensive financial knowledge from her time at Hawaiian Airlines. Ashlee, who serves on the Make-a-Wish Foundation's audit and finance committees, will supervise financial operations and strategy creation for long-term growth.

Shannon Lum, who has a strong expertise in human resources in the hotel business, has been appointed Director of Human Resources. Shannon, who was previously the Director of Human Resources at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, would be responsible for personnel planning, performance management, and talent development.

Megan Rycraft, a seasoned maritime industry veteran, assumes the role of Director of Marine Operations, where she will supervise vital activities, such as tug asset maintenance and safe navigation. Megan, a marine animal welfare advocate, sits on the board of directors of Hawai'i Marine Animal Response.

Nalani Say, who has been with Young Brothers for over a decade, has been named Director of Terminal Operations. Nalani, who was formerly the manager of booking, reservations, and logistics, will be in charge of the company's port and freight operations, with a focus on safety and logistical expertise.

"These five inspiring mana whines are breaking barriers, serving in critical operational and financial capacities that drive the success of our company and uphold our 123-year legacy," said Jay Ana, President of Young Brothers.

The selections demonstrate Young Brothers' commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, which aligns with its fundamental values and commitment to the Hawaiian community.