President & CEO, Alexander & Baldwin
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Chris Benjamin is President and CEO of Alexander & Baldwin (A&B), the only publicly traded REIT to focus exclusively on commercial real estate in Hawai'i and the state's largest owner of grocery-anchored retail centers. Since 2016, Benjamin has overseen the dramatic repositioning of A&B's real estate business, including migrating its extensive U.S. mainland portfolio back to Hawai'i. Before being named CEO in 2016, Benjamin served as CFO from 2004 to 2011 and was general manager of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company from 2009 to 2011. Prior to joining A&B in 2001, he held executive posts with General Motors, Sony Corporation, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and The Queen's Health Systems.
Benjamin earned an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Michigan. He currently serves as co-chair of the Hawai'i Executive Collaborative Climate Coalition and on several non-profit boards and advisory boards, including the Aloha United Way, Catholic Charities of Hawai'i, The Nature Conservancy of Hawai'i, Hawai'i Agricultural Research Center, University of Hawai'i Shidler College of Business, Hawai'i Business Roundtable, and CFA Society Hawai'i.