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New CEOs Named

Jeffrey Parker, MARTA

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has named Jeffrey A. Parker, vice president of infrastructure and design with HNTB Corporation in Atlanta, as its next general manager. He succeeds Keith T. Parker (no relation), who stepped down to become president of Goodwill of North Georgia.

Earlier in his career, Parker led Connecticut DOT and was MARTA’s senior director of transportation. For APTA, he serves on the High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee, Light Rail Technical Forum and Rail Transit Committee.

Kelsey, TriMet

Portland’s Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) has named Doug Kelsey, the agency’s chief operating officer, its next general manager.

Kelsey joined TriMet in 2015 from TransLink in Vancouver, BC, where he served in many capacities including chief operating officer. For APTA, he is a member of the Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee and the Transit Communication Interface Protocols Working Group.


Pinkerton, COTA

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) in Columbus has named Joanna Pinkerton, chief operating officer of the ­Transportation Research Center Inc. at Ohio State University, its next president and chief executive officer. She succeeds W. Curtis Stitt, who retired in September 2017 after more than five years.

Emille Williams, the agency’s former vice president for operations, has served as interim president and CEO since Stitt’s departure. He will serve in an expanded role on the executive leadership team at COTA.

Pinkerton is a licensed professional engineer whose tenure at Ohio State included serving as co-director of the Honda-Ohio State Partnership and chief operating officer for the Ohio State Center for Automotive Research. Earlier, she held leadership positions with Ohio DOT.

Neeley, Interim, Akron METRO

The METRO Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees, Akron, OH, has named Director of Finance Angela Neeley the agency’s interim executive director following the departure of Richard Enty.

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