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Allan Landon Elected to PBS Board
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Former CEO of the Bank of Hawaii to Serve as a PBS General Director

ARLINGTON, VA, February 28, 2012 – Allan R. Landon, former Chairman and CEO of the Bank of Hawaii, was elected to fill a vacancy on the PBS Board of Directors during its meeting on February 3.

“Serving on the PBS Board of Directors is a tremendous commitment and we are so fortunate as an organization to have outstanding leaders from across the nation who are willing to dedicate their time, effort and expertise to guiding our enterprise,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. “Al brings exceptional experience and ability to his role as a General Director. I look forward to working closely with him as PBS continues to increase its audience, expand its reach into digital platforms and work strategically to meet the many challenges facing the public media system.”
Mr. Landon is a seasoned executive with a strong financial background and a wide range of management experience. He is a partner in Community BanCapital, a community bank investment fund based in Portland, Oregon. A Director of MidFirst Bank in Oklahoma City, he also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Universities of Utah and Hawaii. Mr. Landon is a member of the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

In 2010, Mr. Landon retired as Chairman and CEO of Bank of Hawaii, a NYSE company with a market value exceeding $2 billion. Bank of Hawaii, noted for its financial results, asset quality, and disciplined management, was selected by Forbes Magazine as the “Best Bank in America” in both 2009 and 2010.

In addition, Mr. Landon has held positions of leadership in several community and business organizations. He served as Chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Medical Services Association, which provides the state’s Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance coverage.

Before joining Bank of Hawaii in 2000, Mr. Landon was a CPA and Partner with Ernst & Young, where he worked for 28 years in several Midwest and Eastern offices. He is a graduate of Iowa State University.

The PBS Board includes both Professional Directors, who are station leaders, and General Directors, who serve as lay members of the Board. The membership of PBS elects the Professional Directors. The General Directors are elected by the Board, which also appoints the PBS President and Chief Executive Officer.

The PBS Board of Directors is responsible for governing and setting policy for PBS. In total, the Board comprises 27 members: 14 Professional Directors; 12 General Directors; and the PBS President. PBS Board members are elected to three-year terms and serve without pay.

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Jan McNamara