Mr. Ajello is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. He joined Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. in January 2009. Prior to joining HEI, Mr. Ajello was senior vice president – business development at Reliant Energy, Inc. (Reliant). He joined Reliant in 2000 as president of Reliant Energy Solutions
LLC and was named Reliant’s senior vice president and general manager of commercial & industrial marketing in 2004.
Mr. Ajello’s experience prior to joining Reliant includes serving as managing director of the energy & natural resources group of UBS Warburg/UBS Securities LLC. He also worked at Enron North America, and was responsible for a team originating business with large industrial clients. Before Enron, his work experience included a project management role at the U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation and as a management intern with the U.S. Department of Energy focusing on renewable energy development and naval nuclear reactors.
Mr. Ajello holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York and an MPA from Syracuse University. In addition, he is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the European Institute of Business Administration in Fontainebleau, France.
Mr. Ajello is a member of the Board of Directors of Crius Energy Trust (TSX: KWH) and Chairman of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Advisory Board. He is also a board member of the Hawaii Pacific University Board of Trustees and its affiliate, the Oceanic Institute, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of Enterprise Honolulu (Oahu Economic Development Board). He was recently named to the National Academy of Science Committee on Energy Resource Potential for the U.S. Department of Energy Lands Committee.