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New Public Transportation Leaders Named

Marks and Davis, Siemens
Judith Marks has been appointed chief executive officer of Siemens U.S., succeeding the retiring Eric Spiegel, and Lisa Davis has been named chair and chief executive officer of Siemens Corporation, all effective Jan. 1.

Marks began her career at Siemens in 2011 as president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies Inc. Earlier she spent 27 years with Lockheed Martin and its predecessor companies. She will assume the CEO U.S. role in addition to her current position as executive vice president at Dresser-Rand, a Siemens business.

Rigler, McDonald Transit Associates
McDonald Transit Associates Inc. has named Blaine Rigler as its president.

Rigler succeeds Ken Fischer, senior vice president of business development, who has served as interim president of McDonald Transit since the retirement of Robert (Bob) Babbitt. Rigler has more than 25 years of experience in leadership and operations management roles.

Rigler also will serve as vice president of bus for RATP Dev America, McDonald’s parent company.

Batlle, RATP Dev
RATP Dev, based in Paris, has announced that Laurence Batlle will succeed the retiring chairman of the company’s executive board, Francois-Xavier Perin, on Jan. 1.

Batlle joined RATP Dev in 2007 as chief financial officer and in 2014 became its executive vice president, Americas-Africa ­Business Unit. She has served on the company’s executive board since 2011. Earlier, Batlle spent 12 years as a partner at Pricewaterhouse­Coopers, which she left in 2005 to join the Atos Origin Group, where she spent two years as vice president, global finance support.

McKerlich, Zonar
Zonar, based in Seattle, announced that Ian McKerlich has become its chief executive officer in addition to his current position as president.

McKerlich succeeds Brett Brinton in the CEO role as part of a planned leadership transition resulting from the majority investment stake in Zonar by Continental AG.  Brinton remains with the organization as a strategic advisor.

Aguilar, Texas Central

Texas Central Partners LLC (Texas Central), the private company developing high-speed rail between North Texas and Houston, has named Carlos Aguilar its chief executive officer.

Aguilar has more than 30 years of experience, most recently as a senior vice president with CH2M Hill. He also has been an executive with a construction management and energy company, among others.

Tim Keith, the previous CEO, remains with Texas Central as its president.

Winfree, Texas Transportation Institute

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has appointed former DOT Assistant Secretary, Research and Technology, Gregory D. Winfree agency director for the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). He succeeds Dennis L. Christiansen, who stepped down after 10 years as TTI agency director and 45 years with TTI.

Winfree joined DOT’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology in 2010 as chief counsel and was sworn in as assistant secretary in 2014. During his tenure, he also served as deputy administrator and administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration.

Roelfs, Interim, Peoria
The Greater Peoria (IL) Mass Transit District (CityLink) has named Doug Roelfs, assistant general manager of operations, as its interim general manager following the retirement of Al Stanek at the end of the year.

Roelfs joined CityLink earlier this year as part of the First Transit Inc. team that manages the agency’s public transportation services. He has worked for First Transit since 2013. Stanek has more than 40 years of public transit experience. He serves on the APTA Bus & Paratransit CEOs, Legislative and Small Operations committees.

Kosa, Acting, Washington State Ferries

Washington State DOT has announced that Elizabeth Kosa, chief of staff for the ferries division, will head the division on an acting basis after Lynne Griffith retires in January as WSDOT ­assistant secretary for the ferries division.

Griffith has headed Washington State Ferries since September 2014, following her retirement as chief executive officer of Pierce Transit in Lakewood, WA.
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