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by Matt Alderton | November 25, 2014
Following the departure of President and CEO Mike McCartney, who has accepted a new position as chief of staff for Hawaii's new governor, the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has named board member Ronald Williams as its interim president and CEO, it announced last week. Williams, who joined the HTA board in 2009 and served as board chair from 2010 through 2014, currently is president and CEO of Atlantis Adventures.

"Ron brings with him an incredible wealth of knowledge of the HTA and more than 30 years of experience in Hawaii's visitor industry," said HTA Board Chair Aaron J. Salā. "We are pleased that he could step in and ease the transition for the HTA as we search for a permanent president and CEO."

Williams officially assumed leadership of HTA on Nov. 21.

"It is an honor to have been selected as the interim president and CEO during this transitional period," Williams said. "I am committed to working with the HTA board and staff on maintaining the success of our tourism economy. On behalf of the HTA, I would like to extend a sincere mahalo to Mike McCartney for serving Hawaii's visitor industry and wish him well in his new position as he continues to serve the state of Hawaii."