August 21, 2015
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New, Interim CEOs Named

Tennyson, North Carolina DOT

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed Nick Tennyson secretary of North Carolina DOT, succeeding Tony Tata. Tennyson had held the position on an acting basis since Tata’s resignation and served as chief deputy secretary since March 2013. He was mayor of Durham from 1997-2001 and served three months as interim commissioner of the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy and worked as a home builder and developer.

Hursh, AC Transit

AC Transit, Oakland, CA, has named Michael Hursh its new general manager, effective Sept. 21.

Hursh comes to AC Transit after nine years with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose, serving as chief operating officer since 2012. He also held several jobs with the San Francisco Municipal Railway during his 20-plus-year career.

He will succeed Kathleen Kelly, who retired from AC Transit in December 2011 and has served as interim general manager since April.

 Ferrara, NYC Transit, Interim

James L. Ferrara, president of MTA Bridges and Tunnels in New York City, will serve as interim president of MTA New York City Transit following the retirement of Carmen Bianco.

Ferrara joined the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority as a bridges and tunnels officer in 1977 and was named president of that division in 2010. He has chosen Bridges and Tunnels Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Donald Spero to serve as acting president during this time.
[Photo by MTA/Marc A. Herrmann]

Benson, UTA, Interim

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Salt Lake City, has announced that Jerry Benson, vice president of operations, will serve as interim general manager following the Aug. 28 retirement of President/Chief Executive Officer Michael Allegra.

Benson serves on the APTA Sustainability Committee and is a past chair of the Transit Labor Exchange, Labor Relations Subcommittee and Human Resources Committee. During his tenure at UTA, it became the first U.S. public transit agency to achieve certification to both the ISO 9001 quality management standard and the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.
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