Executive Profile
Tuesday, April 6, 1999

Name: Frank R. Fukunaga
Age: 56
Position: Executive director, chief executive officer, High Technology Development Corp.
First job: Assistant, chemical laboratory
Favorite pastimes: Golf, gardening

Fostering growth for HTDC

FRANK R. Fukunaga leads the state High Technology Development Corp. in its efforts to foster growth in the technology industry.

"What's satisfying is when we nurture a company (Digital Island Inc.) from a single person to a company that has raised $88 million to date," Fukunaga said.

"It started in our program and now is a major global corporation."

For eight years at the state corporation he helped develop the Hawaii Telecommunications & Information Resource Center, the Manoa Innovation Center, Kaimuki Technology Enterprise Center and Hawaii Software Service Center.

He has 24 years of experience in the computer industry working with high-technology companies in Southern California.

Fukunaga returned to Hawaii in 1989 after selling his software company, Data Technical Analysts, Inc., to McDonnell Douglas Corp.

He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii.

By Jerry Tune, Star-Bulletin

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