Ron Mizutani Quits Hawaiian Telcom

Ron MizutaniRon Mizutani has resigned as spokesman for Hawaiian Telcom, less than a week after the company laid off about 60 managers and only six months after taking the job. He joined Hawaiian Telcom in August, giving up his high-profile role as a news anchor for KHON and halting a 20-year career in journalism.

Only a few days ago, Mizutani was the public face of the beleaguered company, which handed out a pile of pink slips as a drastic cost-cutting move. Local tech guru and “digital wonderer” Burt Lum was among those shown the door. Apparently, the firings were so badly handled (with the axe looming over employees as far back as November), several other managers voluntarily resigned as well.

It’s unknown why Mizutani left Hawaiian Telcom, the news quietly broken on Lum’s Twitter feed. At the very least, the move saves Hawaiian Telcom a few more bucks, and hopefully means Mizutani’s return to the local media space.

3 Responses

  1. NEENZ says:

    Wow! All kinds of stuff happening at H-Telcom, maybe another sale is in the works too?

  2. Doug says:

    After leaving KHON, does Ron have one of those “do not compete” clauses that would keep him from re-entering the local TV news business for a certain amount of time?

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