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New CEOs Named
TransLink in Vancouver, BC, has named Kevin Desmond its new chief executive officer, effective March 21. Desmond, who currently serves as general manager of Seattle’s King County Metro Transit, succeeds Doug Allen, who has been serving TransLink on an interim basis. Before his tenure in Seattle, Desmond was vice president of operations and development at Pierce Transit, Tacoma, WA, and chief of operations planning for MTA New York City Transit. For APTA, he is a member and founding chair of the Sustainability Committee and serves on numerous other committees and the Board of Directors.
Rob Gannon, King County Metro Transit deputy general manager since 2011, will serve as interim general manager.
Johnson, Parsons Infrastructure
Parsons has named 25-year employee Michael W. (Mike) Johnson president of its Infrastructure Business Unit. He served most recently as executive vice president and global business development of Parsons Transportation Group Inc. (PTG), now known as Infrastructure.
Johnson’s earlier positions with Parsons include senior vice president, strategy development and implementation, and senior vice president and manager of PTG’s Bridge and Tunnel Division.
He succeeds Donald D. Graul, who held the position on an interim basis and will continue in his role as president of Parsons’ Construction Business Unit.
Millar, Acting, Washington State DOT
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Roger Millar, deputy secretary of Washington State DOT, as acting secretary of the department.
Millar has more than 38 years of transportation experience, including terms as public works director, city and county planning director and vice president of a multinational engineering firm. He was elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 1999 and served from 2000-2014 on the ASCE Committee for America’s Infrastructure, which produces the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.
He succeeds Lynn Peterson, who also served as acting secretary.