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New CEOs Named

Griffith, Washington State Ferries
Lynne Griffith, who recently retired as chief executive officer of Pierce Transit in Lakewood, WA, has been named Washington State Ferries assistant secretary effective Sept. 23. She is the first woman to head the ferry system in its 53-year history.

Griffith has more than 35 years experience in the transportation industry in public transit, rail, and airlines. Before joining Pierce Transit, she led C-TRAN in Vancouver, WA, and managed bus and specialized transportation for persons with ­disabilities at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

Lodde, MV Transportation
MV Transportation, based in Dallas, named Alex Lodde, a founder and chairman of the board, as interim chief executive officer after current CEO R. Carter Pate announced his plans to retire. Pate will continue to work with MV as a strategic advisor to the board of directors with a primary focus on international business expansion.

During Pate’s tenure, MV grew from $725 million in revenue in 2010 to more than $1 billion in 2013, and expanded its operational footprint in the Middle East, as well as in the areas of school bus operations, international transportation logistics, and on-demand black car service.

Walton, Pierce Transit
The Pierce Transit Board of Directors, Lakewood, WA, has named former Tacoma City Manager Jim Walton as its interim chief executive officer. He succeeds Lynne Griffith, who retired from the post and subsequently became director of Washington State Ferries.
Walton was Tacoma city manager, originally on an interim basis, from 2003-2005 before retiring. Earlier he had served as assistant city manager and deputy city manager.

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