Bermuda Tourism Board Hires Firm: CEO Search

June 29, 2016

[Updated] The Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA] has hired Bermudian firm Performance Solutions Limited to manage the search for a new chief executive officer, the BTA’s Board of Directors announced today.

“Performance Solutions has 16 years of distinguished experience in the Bermuda market as a boutique, full-service human resources consulting firm.” the BTA Board said.

“It has hiring expertise in the tourism sector and has successfully partnered with local and international companies across many sectors of the economy to support talent acquisition needs at all levels, from the C-suite to front-line staff.

“The BTA Board engaged Performance Solutions to identify a suitable successor to current CEO Bill Hanbury by the fourth quarter of this year.

Mr Hanbury is concluding his three-year contract at the end of 2016, but before his departure he will work side-by-side to transition the CEO designate into the new role.

The BTA Board said, “To meet the end-of-year recruitment timetable Performance Solutions has outlined the following project milestones:

  • Engage key stakeholder groups [BTA Board & Management Team; Bermuda Hotel Association, etc.]
  • Advertise locally and abroad
  • Complete initial candidate screening
  • Complete assessment of short listed candidates and conduct interviews with Search Committee
  • Select final candidates for full Board interview and selection

“The BTA Board will be diligent in seeking out the very best CEO candidate to continue the strong leadership of the BTA. The Board anticipates a robust process of selection and vetting of candidates against clearly defined criteria and objectives.”

Update June 30, 3.35pm: The BTA moved to clarify the RFP process for this, saying: “There was an open and competitive request for proposal process to find a firm to manage the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s search for a new chief executive officer.

“There were five responses to the RFP and a shortlist of those candidates was interviewed. Performance Solutions came out on top as the best suited to handle the assignment.”

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  1. Terry says:

    The last paragraph speaks volumes above.

    It correct; the PLP will be back in power.

  2. Say Whaat? says:

    Requesting someone under 60 years old please and thank you!

  3. Coffee says:

    Sooo that’s why Shawn Crockwell resigned from cabinet ….. He’ll get a massive pay rise with this post !

  4. Alex Madeiros JP says:

    Personally I will miss Mr. Hanbury. Compared to where we came from his unique style and understanding of the Tourism market and how that relates to Bermuda has been a breath of fresh air.

    He has put together an extremely competent (mostly Bermudian) team that are passionate about the success of our tourism product. He and his team put in countless hours week in and week out and despite what people say, he has been worth every penny and I am sorry to see him leave.

    To all you nay sayers, don’t worry, you will get what you want and what you deserve.

  5. Want to know says:

    I don’t recall seeing an RFP! One has to wonder how this could be awarded to Performance Solutions without fairness and transparency being involved for all to witness. This is truly a joke!

    • Kelly says:

      There was an RFP sent out to firms in addition to being posted on their website.

    • Meh. says:

      Right? AND I didn’t even see an RFP regarding the management of the recruiting company selection process. Just ridiculous.

    • Tourism Advocate says:

      I saw the RFP. It was on the BTA website. In fact, I just looked again and although the RFP has been taken down, a response to questions from applicants is still on the website. Not sure why it would have been hard to find on the website, they put it on a page called Requests for Proposal.

      I’m not sure if it appeared in other places as well, but it was the BTA website for sure.

    • Clare says:

      There was an RFP posted on BTA’s public website to find the executive recruitment firm, in the same place they’re always posted:

      Joke’s on you!

  6. hotcrossbuns says:

    What are you talking about: “friend and family”. Does Hanbury have family in the search business here on Bermuda. Maybe the BTA should mail everyone copies of the RFPs when they are issued. Go to the dam website if you want to do business with them.