HTA News Release: Search Begins for New Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO

Posted on Jun 26, 2020 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, announced today it is seeking a new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The HTA Board of Directors, which is made up of 12 members, is tasked with selecting the leader of the agency responsible for managing tourism in Hawaii.

Current HTA President and CEO Chris Tatum announced on June 3 that he is retiring. He was appointed to the position in December 2018 after a 37-year career with Marriott International. Tatum’s last day at HTA will be August 31.

Applications are being accepted and reviewed by Bishop & Company, a Honolulu-based executive search and staffing firm that was contracted through a request for proposal process. An HTA committee, consisting of HTA board members and community leaders, will review the finalists for the position and make a recommendation to the full board.

To view the job description, including responsibilities and qualifications, visit

Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter and salary requirements to [email protected] by 4:30 p.m. HST on July 15, 2020. For any questions, contact Bishop & Company’s Director of Executive Search, Erinn Tomlinson, at [email protected].



About the Hawaii Tourism Authority

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is the State of Hawaii agency responsible for strategically managing its support of the tourism industry. Established in 1998 to support Hawaii’s leading industry and largest employer, HTA continually strives to help ensure tourism’s sustainability and the benefits it brings to residents and communities statewide. Follow updates about HTA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@HawaiiHTA).

For more information, contact:

Marisa Yamane
Director of Communications & PR
Hawaii Tourism Authority
[email protected]

Erin Khan
Vice President – Travel and Tourism
Anthology Marketing Group
[email protected]