County’s Managing Director Regan is headed to HTA

He is to start work Monday on Oahu


The Maui News

Maui County Managing Director Keith Regan has been appointed chief administrative officer for the Hawai’i Tourism Authority.

The announcement from the authority says that Regan will begin work Monday.

Regan has been managing director since January 2011 at the beginning of the Mayor Alan Arakawa administration. Arakawa did not run again this past election cycle because of term limits and his term ends Jan. 2.

With only about two weeks left after Regan’s departure, county spokesman Rod Antone said Monday that the county likely will move people around internally to fill the gap until Mayor-elect Mike Victorino’s administration takes over.

As chief administrative officer, Regan will be responsible for overseeing HTA’s operations, including administrative and fiscal management functions relating to contracts, budget, program planning and effectiveness, information technology systems and personnel, as well as all financial and management functions for the operation and maintenance of the Hawaii Convention Center.

Regan will be relocating to Oahu from Maui, where he has worked for the past 22 years, including 12 years with the county, the news release said. As managing director, he was responsible for the management and oversight of the county’s operations, including the development, implementation and monitoring of policies and procedures to ensure the effective delivery of services to residents and visitors.

He also made an unsuccessful run for the Wailuku-Waikapu-Waihee residency seat on the County Council in 2016.

The appointment of Regan was announced Monday along with that of Karen Hughes as vice president of marketing and product development.

HTA Board Chairman Rick Fried said the executive search process to appoint a chief administrative officer and vice president of marketing and product development began July 27. Dozens of candidates applied for each position. Two separate committees of HTA board members, one committee for each position, oversaw the process and reviewed the qualifications of each candidate, from which finalists were determined.

Newly appointed President and CEO Chris Tatum provided his input, leading to the selection of Regan and Hughes.


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