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New CEOs Named

Derwinski, Metra

The Metra Board of Directors in Chicago unanimously selected James M. Derwinski, the commuter rail agency’s current chief mechanical officer, to succeed the retiring Don Orseno as its next executive director/chief executive officer.

After a six-year stint in the U.S. Navy as an electrician on nuclear submarines, Derwinski began his railroad career as a locomotive electrician with the Chicago & North Western Railroad in 1993. He joined Metra as an electrician in 1997 and rose through the ranks, serving as a foreman, general foreman, shop superintendent, director of systems maintenance, locomotive superintendent, Rock Island Division director, Milwaukee Division director and senior director of mechanical operations. He was named chief mechanical officer in September 2013.

Ramírez, MBTA

Luis Manuel Ramírez will become general manager/chief executive officer of Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Sept. 12, succeeding interim General Manager Steve Poftak.

During a three-decade career, Ramirez has worked on turnarounds with divisions of some of the nation’s biggest corporations, including 12 years with General Electric. Most recently he has run his own strategic consulting firm.

Middleton, GoDurham
GoDurham, Durham, NC, has hired 25-year public transit veteran Doug Middleton as general manager.

Middleton, most recently executive director of maintenance for Pierce Transit in Tacoma, WA, also worked at Los Angeles Metro and the Orange County (CA) Transportation Authority. He serves on the APTA Bus Operations Committee.

He succeeds Sean Smith, who stepped down in November to join Palm Tran in West Palm Beach, FL. Finance Director Tonya Dupree, who has been serving as interim general manager, will return to her previous post.

Vanderpool, TCAT, Ithaca, NY
The Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) Board of Directors, Ithaca, NY, has named its operations manager, Scot Vanderpool, general manager effective Aug. 11.

Vanderpool, who joined TCAT in January, succeeds the late Joe Turcotte, general manager since 2005, who died in May 2016. The acting general manager—Alice Eccleston, TCAT assistant general manager and human resources manager—is returning to her previous job.

Vanderpool has 34 years of transportation experience at the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (CENTRO) in Syracuse and Syracuse University. He began his career in 1983 as a part-time bus operator for CENTRO, working his way up to manager of operations and planning, and joined Syracuse University in 2003 as manager of parking and transit services.
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