JAY IGNACIO is President of Hawai‘i Electric Light Company and Senior Operations Adviser to the President and CEO of Hawaiian Electric
Born and raised in Hilo, Jay Ignacio has been the president of Hawai‘i Electric Light Company since March 2008. He assumed additional responsibilities as Senior Operations Adviser to the President and CEO of Hawaiian Electric in August 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is registered as a Professional Engineer in the state of Hawai‘i.
He joined Hawai‘i Electric Light in 1990 as a substation design engineer and was promoted to superintendent of Construction and Maintenance in 1994. In 1996, he became the manager of the Transmission and Distribution Department where he stayed for 12 years.
Prior to working at Hawai‘i Electric Light, Jay held positions as an outside plant engineer at GTE Hawaiian Telephone and a satellite test engineer at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company.
Jay is actively engaged in the Hawai‘i Island community. He is a board member of the Hawai‘i Island United Way, Hawai‘i Island Economic Development Board, Hawai‘i Island Adult Care, Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce, and Hilo Medical Center Foundation. He also is a member of the Waiākea Lions Club and has been an active supporter of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program for more than 10 years. In 2012, he served as co-chair of the American Heart Association’s Hilo Heart & Stroke Walk.