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Winona White Named Kamehameha Schools Vice President of Human Resources

Human resources executive Winona White has been named Vice President of Human Resources at Kamehameha Schools.

In her new role, which she will begin on Feb. 19, White will lead the KS executive team and her HR team in designing a work environment that inspires and rewards the best of performance by the people who fulfill the mission of Kamehameha Schools.

“I am humbled and honored to be joining Kamehameha Schools at an exciting time and to contribute to the success of its current Strategic Vision 2040 planning efforts. I plan to listen intently and learn all that I can about the path and the plans that have brought Kamehameha Schools’ success in delivering on its mission thus far,” White said.

“Together, along with my colleagues, we will create and implement plans to recruit, develop and support the talent needed to carry its mission forward and achieve success for the organization.”

Born and raised in Hawai’i, White has more than 25 years of experience building and leading teams of human resource professionals, the last seven of which have been as Vice President of Human Resources at Kaiser Permanente, Hawai’i. In this role, she guided the various HR functions for an organization with revenues of $1 billion and a unionized workforce of 4,400 employees.

White holds a master of business administration degree and a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Hawai’i’s Shidler School of Business. She is also a graduate of the advanced leadership program at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flager Business School, and a graduate of the advanced human resources executive program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

White is an advisory board member and Capstone Project executive panelist for the masters of human resources management program at the University of Hawai’i’s Shidler School of Business. She also serves on the Alumni Board of her alma mater, the Hawai’i Baptist Academy.