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October 31. 2002



      Mayor Jeremy Harris today announced the appointment of Ivan Lui-Kwan as Director of the City’s Department of Budget and Finance.  Mr. Lui-Kwan will take office November 1.  His appointment will be submitted to the City Council for confirmation. 

      He replaces acting department head Christopher Diebling, who served briefly as BFS deputy director and then took charge of the department in July of this year when the former Director Carol Takahashi and Deputy Director Ben Dimond left the City.  Diebling will again become the deputy director of the department.

      Mayor Jeremy Harris said, “I appreciate the great job that Chris Diebling has done as interim director, and I’m very pleased that he has agreed to remain as deputy director.  I also have a great deal of confidence in Ivan.  He brings a wealth of private sector executive experience to the position.  Much of that dealt with overseeing the finances of major corporate organizations.  As a member of the executive committee of the Queen’s Health Systems, his responsibilities included oversight of all operations—including finances—of the Queen’s companies.  He also chaired the Audit Committee, that had oversight over both the organization’s internal and external auditors.”  

      Mr. Lui-Kwan will leave his position as President and CEO of Kona Bay Marine Resources to join the City administration.  Earlier in his career he served as Chair and CEO of the Queen’s Development Corporation, and prior to that as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Queen’s Health Systems.

      He is an attorney who received his Juris Doctor in 1971 from Rutgers University Law School, where he also earned a Masters Degree in International Relations.  Mr. Lui-Kwan was admitted to the Hawaii Bar in 1971 and became an associate with the law firm of Carlsmith Ball. Wichman, Case & Ichiki.  He was a partner in the firm from 1976 to 1995.

     Mr. Lui-Kwan and his wife Frances are the parents of three sons and a daughter.



Thursday, October 31, 2002

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