The Chairman of Cook Islands Tourism, Ewan Smith, announced Mr Halatoa Fua as Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation during last week’s Kia Orana Cook Islands forum.
Mr Fua has served the Corporation since 31 March 2010 as Director of Finance and, during the past three months, as Acting CEO following the departure of former CEO Carmel Beattie.
In announcing the appointment, the Chairman made the following comments:
“This vacancy attracted considerable overseas interest and a number of very experienced and well qualified applicants. Halatoa has solid credentials for the position and demonstrated his ability to lead the management team during the recent period during which he acted in the CEO position.
“The Board is delighted to be able to fill the position through an internal promotion and continue the process of building depth and capacity within the management structure of the Corporation. Halatoa’s strong financial management skills and discipline played a large part with the Corporation recently receiving an unqualified audit report – the first in 7 years.
“We know Halatoa also has the confidence of the senior management and staff at the Corporation, and the Board is certain the local industry will join with us in congratulating him on his appointment.”
Source = Cook Islands Tourism