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New CEOs, Interim Named

Baker, Alexandria Transit Company (DASH)

Josh Baker will join the Alexandria (VA) Transit Company, operator of the DASH bus system, as its chief executive officer/general manager on Feb. 6, succeeding retiring 28-year CEO Sandy Modell.

Baker, honored in 2014 as a White House Champion of Change for his role in developing the first public transit system in Radford, VA, in more than 30 years, is general manager of the Greater Lynchburg (VA) Transit Company. He began his 17 years of public transportation experience as a bus driver.

Koleber, CAT, Savannah, GA

The Chatham Area Transit Authority (CAT), Savannah, GA, has named Curtis Koleber executive director and chief executive officer. He had been serving in the position as interim for the past year.

Koleber joined CAT in 2013 as chief operating officer and deputy executive director. He previously worked for Veolia in Phoenix.

He is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2016 and a member of several APTA committees.

McCaul, Cincinnati Bell Connector

Transdev has named Luke McCaul general manager of Cincinnati Bell Connector operations, succeeding Interim General Manager Mark Young.

McCaul joins Transdev after more than 15 years with Pan Am Railways, a regional rail provider, beginning as train operations manager and moving up to general manager of operations.


Sousa, Interim, Green Mountain Transit

Mark Sousa, assistant general manager of Green Mountain Transit (GMT), ­Burlington, VT, has been named interim general manager effective Jan, 20, when Karen Walton steps down after two years in the post.

Sousa was director of operations for GMT, then the Chittenden County Trans­portation Authority, before being promoted to assistant general manager.

Ross, Wisconsin DOT

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker named Dave Ross, secretary of the state’s Department of Safety and Professional Services, to head Wisconsin DOT following the Jan. 6 resignation of Mark Gottlieb, who had served in the post since 2011.

Trogdon, North Carolina DOT

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper named Jim Trogdon—North Carolina DOT’s chief operating officer until his retirement in 2013—to lead the department. Trogdon currently is national transportation director of SAS Institute, and earlier was director of strategic transportation planning for the North Carolina General Assembly.

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