by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 20, 2015
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau has named Tom Mullen to the new position of senior vice president and chief operating officer. Mullen, who joined the HVCB on Sept. 1, replaced CFO Wayne Arita, who has retired.

Mullen is responsible for finance and corporate services, contract compliance, business development and travel industry partnerships. He comes to the bureau from the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, where he was the chief administrative officer. He has extensive experience with the Hawaii market, having spent the better part of his 27 years at American Express in the state. Mullen sat on the HVCB board of directors from 2004 to 2013, serving on the executive committee from 2005 to 2007, and as its chairman from 2006 to 2008. He also chaired the HVCB's North American marketing committee from 2000 to 2006.

"We are very excited to have Tom join our team with his years of experience and proven track record of success in the industry," said John Monahan, president and CEO of the HVCB. "He is well versed in convention and visitors bureau operations, well regarded in the local community, and has been involved in many events and charitable functions across the state. He will be invaluable in helping us achieve our goals and objectives."