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APTA Begins Recruitment for Next President & CEO

APTA has ­initiated its recruitment for its next president and CEO. In the recruitment advertisement that appears in this issue of ­Passenger Transport, APTA seeks a strong communicator with a high degree of integrity, who is open, transparent and capable of unifying a large and diverse community with varying needs and interests.

Among the major qualifications are senior and executive experience in the transportation industry, experience working with a Board of Directors in an executive capacity and extensive government relations and advocacy expertise.

The recruitment follows approval by the APTA Board of Directors of the job description, compensation guidelines and performance approval process. These critical documents form the framework for recruitment and selection of APTA’s next leader and were developed and recommended by the CEO Search Task Force, led by APTA Chair Doran J. Barnes.

The 50-­member task force represents the many facets of APTA membership including all sizes of public ­transit systems and business members as well as governmental and nonprofit organizations.

The CEO Search Task Force ensured that APTA’s diverse membership was represented during the deliberative process to help frame the association’s recruitment and selection of its next president and CEO.

Photo by Mitchell Wood

“I am pleased that we have begun to recruit for APTA’s next CEO,” said Barnes. “Over the last eight months, we conducted a deliberate process and resolved outstanding issues to position ourselves so that we can recruit the best person to lead us into the future.”

APTA has hired Krauthamer and Associates to conduct the search, with Gregg Moser, a Leadership APTA graduate, as the lead recruiter. Barnes has appointed a 13-member working group from the CEO Search Task Force to interview the candidates and recommend an individual to the APTA Board of Directors.

During the first phase of the recruitment, Krauthamer obtained input from its members, partners and stakeholders on skills and attributes desired in APTA’s next CEO. Input gathered via direct communication, focus groups at recent conferences and surveys was reviewed carefully and used to develop a comprehensive position description, which is available here.

Krauthamer will advertise and recruit for the position with partner associations and stakeholders through September. Initial interviews will occur in October with final interviews to take place in November. A candidate is scheduled to be recommended to the board at its Dec. 1 meeting. It is expected that the new president and CEO will start in early 2018.

APTA Invites Your Involvement

Are you interested in becoming APTA’s next president and CEO? Do you have recommendations of individuals for the position? See the job advertisement here and contact Gregg Moser of Krauthamer and Associates.
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