John Dean has spent 35 years as an executive in the financial industry, focusing on troubled institutions, restructuring these institutions and returning them to profitability. In 2010, John joined Central Pacific Bank (CPB) and in 2011 led the bank in its $480 million recapitalization and its return to profitability. As CEO, the bank experienced 16 consecutive quarters of profitability. During this period, John was recognized as Hawaii Business Magazine’s “CEO of the Year,” Sales and Marketing Executives “Salesperson of the Year,” Pacific Business News’ “Business Leader of the Year,” and, Pacific Buddhist Academy’s “Inspirational Leader.” In 2015 John stepped down as CEO and was elected Executive Chair of the CPB Board of Directors.
John is an advisor for various venture capital firms both in the United States and overseas, and a director for several venture backed companies. In the non-profit area, John is Chairman of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) at the University of Hawaii, Chairman of the Advisory Board for Catholic Charities and on the Boards of: Blue Planet Foundation, Hawaiian Humane Society and Iolani School. He is a former board member of Aloha United Way and chaired its 2012-2013 Annual Campaign.
John is a graduate of Holy Cross College, a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa, and a graduate of the Wharton School with a MBA in Finance.