LEAP Board of Directors Announces New President and Chief Executive Officer

LEAP Board of Directors Announces New President and Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors of Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) today announced the unanimous election of Linda Akutagawa as LEAP’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective November 1, 2011.

Akutagawa will succeed J.D. Hokoyama, who is retiring and will remain as President and CEO of LEAP through the transition.

“We are proud to announce the appointment of Linda Akutagawa as our next CEO as LEAP approaches its 30th anniversary,” remarked Margaret Ashida, Chair of the LEAP Board. “Linda personifies LEAP’s philosophy that leaders can retain their unique cultures, identities and values while developing new and vital skills that will make them effective leaders within their own organizations, their communities, and the broader society. She brings a unique combination of next generation vision, deep knowledge of API communities, and proven track record. We also thank J.D. for the powerful legacy of his timeless vision in founding LEAP, tireless leadership for the API community, and selfless commitment to a successful executive transition.”

The selection process was based on a national search coordinated by LEAP’s Executive Transition Committee, chaired by Ashida.

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