Topping is a proven senior finance executive with 25 years of experience in financial management.
Prior to joining Kamehameha Schools, Topping was the executive vice president, CFO and treasurer of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Hawaiian Airlines. His move to Hawaiian was an opportunity to lead the finance functions and build infrastructure in an important growth phase of the airline.
Prior to joining Hawaiian, Topping spent 16 years in Dallas, Texas, with Southwest Airlines Co., the world's largest low-cost carrier, rising from senior financial planning analyst to vice president/treasurer from 1995-2011.
He was influential in positioning the airline to earn a reputation for "outside the box thinking" and proactive risk management, including the use of fuel hedging to insulate against fuel price fluctuation. Topping was also part of Southwest’s leadership team when they were recognized by Fortune magazine 10 years in a row as number three among America’s Top Ten most admired corporations.
Topping holds an MBA with concentration in finance and accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from Kansas State University.