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Johns named HMSA senior vice president


Tim Johns, president and CEO of Bishop Museum will be leaving the Museum and joining HMSA as senior vice president. He will begin his new position June 1, 2011.

Johns has served as president and CEO of Bishop Museum since 2007. During his tenure, Johns led the Museum through the worldwide economic downturn which required a reorganization and refocus of the Museum’s activities and programs.

Tim Johns

Most recently, Johns initiated a new strategic planning process that sets a new vision and direction for the Museum, and allows the Museum to address the changing needs of the community and marketplace.

“Tim Johns’ leadership was instrumental in ensuring the continued success of the Bishop Museum,” said Charman Akina, M.D., chairperson of the Bishop Museum Board of Directors. “We were fortunate to have Tim as president and CEO. And we are confident that Tim will be leaving a legacy of a stronger institution that will continue its mission of serving the needs of the community and honoring the intent of Bernice Pauahi Bishop and Charles Reed Bishop.”

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work with the wonderful board and staff of Bishop Museum,” said Johns. “I am especially pleased to have been able to help strengthen the Museum’s relationships in our community, create a solid foundation for the Museum’s future success, and set a vision that will serve the Museum now and into the future.”

The Bishop Museum Board of Directors has been working on succession planning related to its strategic planning efforts and has appointed Blair Collis to president and CEO, and Tim Johns to the Bishop Museum Board of Directors. Collis has been with Bishop Museum since 2003.

For the past three years, Collis has served as the Museum’s senior vice president and chief operating officer under Johns. Prior to his current role, he held the positions of vice president of public operations, vice president of sales and marketing and director of Bishop Museum Press.

Collis is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

“Blair has worked closely with Tim over the last few years and has been instrumental in helping guide the institution through challenging times and improve our ability to meet the needs of the community. Blair’s appointment as president and CEO and Tim’s election to the board of directors provides the Museum a seamless leadership transition to effectively implement the new strategic plan and continue a trajectory of improvement for the organization,” Akina said.

In his new position as senior vice president of HMSA, Johns will initially be responsible for HMSA’s government relations, legal services and strategic planning departments.

“Given his past experience, Tim is an excellent addition to our leadership team,” said Robert P. Hiam, HMSA president and CEO. “And, his demonstrated commitment to civic and community service complements our mission to provide Hawaii’s people access to quality, affordable health care. We are looking forward to the contributions Tim will make to our efforts.”

Prior to joining Bishop Museum, Johns was the chief operating officer of the Estate of Samuel Mills Damon from 2000 through 2007, managing assets valued at more than $960 million.

Johns has also held various positions within the private, public and non-profit sectors, including associate lawyer at a major Honolulu law firm; director of land protection at The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii; vice-president at one of Hawaii’s largest diversified companies; lecturer at the University of Hawaii; and director of the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Johns sits on the board of directors for Hawaiian Electric Company and Grove Farm Company. He also serves on the boards of several community organizations including vice chair of the APEC 2011 Hawaii Host Committee, the YMCA of Honolulu, Child and Family Service, PBS Hawaii, Helping Hands Hawaii and St. Andrew’s Priory School. He was an at-large member of the State Board of Land and Natural Resources until May 2009 and is currently the chair of the federal Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council.

He became a trustee of Parker Ranch Foundation Trust in 2005, overseeing more than $300 million in assets including one of the nation’s largest cattle ranches.

The Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in memory of his wife Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last direct descendant of King Kamehameha I. Today, the Museum is recognized as the principal museum of the Pacific, housing the world’s largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts and natural history specimens. More than 340,000 people visit the Museum each year, including more than 50,000 school children.

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HMSA is a nonprofit, mutual benefit association founded in Hawaii in 1938. It is governed by a community board of directors that includes representatives from health care, business, labor, government, education, clergy and the community at large. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Nationally, HMSA and 38 other Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans provide worldwide coverage to more than 100 million members.

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One Response to “Johns named HMSA senior vice president”

  1. Charly Ice says:

    Trying to reach Tim for suggestions about finding a new CWRM Deputy. Please contact Charley Ice, former senior hydrologist (25 years, retired) but still active, at or (808) 636-0968.


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