6. Constance Lau
Title: President and Chief Executive Officer, American Savings Bank
Nickname: The Next Walter
Power Surge: No executive, save for the Big W (see No. 2), has as extensive a community presence as Lau. Besides heading American Savings Bank, Lau is a director of Hawaiian Electric Industries, a trustee of Kamehameha Schools,’ a director of the Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation, a director of Alexander & Baldwin and a director of the Maunalani Foundation. She is also a trustee for both the Charles Reed Bishop Trust and Punahou School, vice president of the Hawaii Bankers Association and director of the Hawaii Community Reinvestment Corp. It’s an impressive resume, representative of the executive’s skills and personal popularity. The sky is the limit.
Power Play: Although it is the third-largest financial institution in the state, American Savings Bank is still a subsidiary. As influential and respected as Lau is today, she probably won’t reach the upper stratosphere of power until she takes over the reigns of her parent company or is named top dog somewhere else. Once she does, her training will be complete.
Personal Voltage: Lau, with her Mona Lisa smile, projects an aura of confidence, competence and personal warmth. She has an uncanny ability to pull people in and immediately put them at ease. Her gentle charisma has won over Bishop Street and could certainly work its magic throughout the state.