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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, September 6, 2006

BUSINESS BRIEFS
Tourist industry reps convening

Advertiser News Services

The Hawai'i Tourism Authority's annual tourism conference next week will feature "Today" show travel editor Peter Greenberg as keynote luncheon speaker.

The conference, Sept. 12 and 13 at the Hawai'i Convention Center, also will include representatives from the Canadian Tourism Commission, Dentsu Inc. and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

The state's tourism marketers will make presentations Sept. 13.

Cost to attend the conference on Sept. 12 is $125 per person ($50 for students) and includes lunch. For more information, visit www.hawaii tourismauthority.org or contact the UH Conference Center at 956-8204.


CEO GIVING UP SEAT AT FORD

DETROIT Bill Ford is stepping down as chief executive at Ford Motor Co. and will be replaced by Alan Mulally, a top executive from the airplane maker Boeing Co.

Bill Ford will remain as chairman of the troubled automaker, however.

Mulally, previously executive vice president of Boeing and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, also has been named president at Ford.


HP RESPONDS TO MEDIA LEAK

SAN FRANCISCO Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board will file a statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, notifying investors that the computer maker's board will refuse to nominate one director for re-election because he leaked confidential information to the media.

HP board member George Keyworth, a physicist who served as science adviser to President Reagan from 1981 to 1986, will end his service on the HP board no later than March 2007, HP spokesman Ryan Donovan said.