HTA Chief Resigns

HTA board unanimously accepted his resignation

Hawaii Tourism Authority chief executive Rex Johnson resigned last night following a day-long meeting (see Regional News 10/02/2008). 

The HTA board unanimously accepted his resignation following a two- month hullabaloo over Johnson’s viewing and forwarding of offensive e- mails on his work computer.

"Rex's decision is clearly in the best interests of all concerned," said HTA chairman Kelvin Bloom. "At this point, certain accusations have made Rex a lightning rod for controversy."

The HTA will name an interim chief executive soon and a search committee will be organized immediately, he said.

"I want to thank the tourism industry leadership, community, staff and friends who have shown me so much support," Johnson said in a prepared statement. "I intend to support Hawaii's tourism industry in whatever way that I can."