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New CEOs, Interim Named

Friem, St. Louis Metro

The Bi-State Development Agency (BSDA), ­operator of Metro Transit in St. Louis, has named Ray Friem to the new ­position of executive director of Metro Transit. Friem joined Metro in 1995 and most recently held the position of chief operating ­officer for transit.

Engel, AVTA

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), Lancaster, CA, has promoted Len Engel, director of operations and maintenance since 2012, as its new executive director. He succeeds Julie Austin, who retired earlier this year. Engel has worked in ­public transit for 40 years, earlier serving as vice president and chief operating officer of Southland Transit, El Monte, CA.

Black, LYNX

The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) Board of Directors in Orlando has named Susan Black interim chief executive officer. She will succeed John M. Lewis Jr. when he steps down Aug. 31 to become executive director of the Charlotte Area Transit System. Black, a licensed ­attorney with more than 25 years of experience, previously oversaw LYNX’s administrative division.
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