Richard Hunter joins HPU Board of Trustees

June 22, 2012

Richard Hunter

Richard Hunter

HONOLULU — Longtime retail executive and consultant Richard Hunter has been elected a new member of the Hawai‘i Pacific University Board of Trustees, Board Chairman Michael J. Chun announced today.

Hunter is the former president of DFS Group Limited (Duty Free Shoppers), which he also served in multiple other senior capacities. His career also includes board service for The Body Shop (USA), Hilo Hattie (a division of Pomare), Little Switzerland and South African-based retailer Truworths, as well as retail strategy consulting for, among others, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Since 2000, he has been the chief executive officer of Richard C. Hunter Consulting, a Hawaii-based strategic and organizational consulting firm.

Hunter is the co-founder of the San Francisco-based Future Leaders for Peace, a non-profit organization that works with young people, encouraging the development of conflict management and life skills. He has also served on the board for Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.

Originally from South Africa, Hunter earned his MBA from the University of Cape Town. He and his wife, Margaret Hunter, have lived in Hawaii for more than 20 years.

“Richard’s deep experience in the business world combined with his community and philanthropic interests make him exceptionally well prepared to have a strong, positive impact as a Hawai‘i Pacific University trustee,” said Chun. “We’re grateful for his willingness to serve and look forward to working alongside him on the board.”

“Richard’s enthusiastic interest in the success of Hawai‘i Pacific and appreciation for our university’s potential are truly humbling,” said HPU President Geoffrey Bannister. “He brings a perspective on global commerce that is particularly welcome, given the international dimensions of our student body and our academic focus in such areas as global leadership and sustainable development.”

Hunter’s three-year term begins immediately.