Ron Mizutani was hired as president and CEO of PBS Hawai‘i, effective Feb. 22.
Mizutani will succeed Leslie Wilcox, who is stepping down to be with an ailing family member.
Mizutani is currently CEO of the Hawaii Food Bank. He has also been a reporter, anchor and producer for KHON, a commercial TV station in Honolulu.
“We value Ron’s Hawaii sensibilities, experience, and his global perspectives,” said Board Chair Joanne Lo Grimes in a news release. “We have every confidence in his talent for convening island voices, building community, and advancing education through storytelling.”
“I truly believe it is our responsibility to make a difference in people’s lives, open minds and strengthen our diverse communities,” Mizutani said. “I am excited about the many opportunities before us and humbled by the opportunity to be part of this rich legacy.”
“This beloved organization will be in good hands,” Wilcox said. “I know Ron’s tremendous work ethic, his passion for community, and his ability to bring people together to uplift others.”