Hyatt Regency Waikiki welcomes new General Manager

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HONOLULU, HI – Jerry Westenhaver has been named the new General Manager of Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. He is succeeding David Lewin, who is returning to his hometown of San Francisco as the new General Manager of Hyatt Regency San Francisco. The move begins July 1, 2011.

Westenhaver, who will be leaving his role as the General Manager of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in New Mexico, helped open Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach in 1976 and has continued to return to the resort in various roles throughout his impressive career with Hyatt Corporation. Westenhaver has been the General Manager at Hyatt Regency Tamaya, Hyatt Regency Sacramento, Hyatt Regency Islandia, Hyatt Regency Oakland, and Hyatt Regency Cerromar.

“This is an exciting move for my family and me,” says Westenhaver. “O’ahu literally is our home and we are pleased to return to this incredible community. Being a part of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach legacy is an honor and I am looking forward to working with our Hyatt ‘ohana again.”

“It’s bittersweet,” says Lewin. “My family has truly enjoyed being in Waikiki for the last three years. We are really happy to be going home to San Francisco and I’m excited to see a lot of my Hyatt family when we return, but we will certainly miss O’ahu.”

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach is currently undergoing a $13 million renovation of the third floor public areas to include the addition of two new restaurants, a new Regency Club Lounge, and a poolside bar. Westenhaver will arrive as phases two and three – the redesign of Ciao Mein Restaurant into Japengo and the refurbishment of the third floor terrace and pool area begin.