HCVB Fails in Attempt to Appoint New Chief

HONOLULU -- The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau failed in its effort to appoint a president and chief executive officer and will begin another search.

Roy Tokujo, HVCB chairman, said the bureau's directors were unable to to reach an agreement on the compensation package with the candidate recommended by its search committee. The bureau did not name the candidate who turned down its offer.

The board, he said, will reconsider current candidates and will accept new applications.

The bureau did not name the candidate who turned down its offer.

The HVCB has been without a president and chief executive officer since Paul Casey resigned the position March 31 after less than two years on the job.

Casey joined Hawaiian Airlines as president and chief executive officer.

On resigning, he said that 50% of his time was spent "posturing and lobbying to ensure that sufficient dollars flow to the bureau."

"That is counterproductive," he said.

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