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First Insurance Company of Hawaii Appoints Four New Assistant Vice Presidents


Steve Tabussi, Sr. Vice President
First Insurance Co. of Hawaii
(808) 527-7695

First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has announced four recent promotions to assistant vice president: Holly Araki of information technology, Kei Kobayashi of strategic planning, Kevin Kurosu of commercial underwriting, and Linda O’Reilly of claims.

Araki joined FICOH in 2014 as manager of customer applications after more than 20 years at Bank of Hawaii. She currently oversees the IT development teams for FICOH’s new and legacy systems. In addition to her leadership contributions to a variety of IT initiatives, Araki has been an integral member of the team tasked with updating the company’s claims, billing and policy management platforms.

Kobayashi has led FICOH’s strategic planning efforts since joining the company in 2015 as a manager. Prior to joining FICOH, he spent 14 years working for Tokio Marine, FICOH’s parent company. He previously served as a manager in Tokio Marine’s International Business Development department in Tokyo. His diverse experience at Tokio Marine included training and supporting retail agents, expanding distribution channels and promoting new products, and providing insurance programs for heavy industries.

Kurosu joined FICOH in 2004 as an associate underwriter in commercial underwriting. His prior work experience included positions at National Interstate and American Express Financial Advisors. Kurosu’s leadership responsibilities have increased over the course of his career at FICOH, including promotions to supervisor in 2009 and manager in 2014.

Since joining FICOH in 1982, O’Reilly’s role in the workers’ compensation claims department has grown steadily. She was an adjuster for several years before being promoted to supervisor in 1992 and manager in 2006. O’Reilly has been the lead manager in charge of FICOH’s work comp unit since 2013.

These promotions took effect on January 1, 2017.

About First Insurance Company of Hawaii
Founded on August 11, 1911, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd. is the oldest and largest property and casualty insurer domiciled in Hawaii, with assets of $660.6 million, liabilities of $375.5 million, and policyholders’ surplus of $285.1 million as of September 30, 2016.

First Insurance, a member of the Tokio Marine North America (TMNA) group of companies, enjoys an “A+” rating from A.M. Best Co. and has been named to the Ward’s 50 list of top-performing property and casualty insurance companies for eight consecutive years. First Insurance was honored to be named an Outstanding Corporation in 2016 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Aloha Chapter. Proud of its broadly experienced, service-oriented staff, First Insurance employs more than 300 insurance professionals and distributes its products through 28 independent general agencies.

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