Source: Passenger Transport, November 17, 2017 Issue
In a unanimous vote Nov. 17, the APTA Board of Directors named Paul P. Skoutelas to serve as the association’s next president and chief executive officer. Skoutelas has spent his entire career in public transportation, leading transit systems in Pittsburgh and Orlando, and as a senior vice president with WSP USA.
APTA Chair Nathaniel P. Ford Sr, chief executive officer, Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority, said, “Paul Skoutelas is a well-respected and recognized transportation leader who has a vision and a passion for our industry. His strong management expertise, his extensive knowledge and understanding of the industry and of APTA, and his excellent communication and consensus-building skills make him ideally suited to lead APTA into the future.”
In accepting the position, Skoutelas said, “I am honored and excited to be selected as president and CEO of this outstanding organization. Public transportation has been more than my profession; it has been my lifelong passion. I commit to the board, our members and the staff my undivided attention, energy and leadership as we work together to take APTA to new heights and to create greater opportunities for our industry.”
Skoutelas is currently national director of WSP’s Transit and Rail Technical Excellence Center and serves as national transit and rail market leader. He joined WSP in 2005 after two successful tenures as CEO, at the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh and the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) in Orlando.
He serves on APTA’s Board of Directors and is a very active member of the association. He has been a member of the Executive Committee, secretary-treasurer, and has chaired several task forces. He is a past president of the Florida Transit Association and has served on the boards of transportation organizations including the Transportation Research Board, the National Transit Institute and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
Skoutelas will begin Jan. 8 and will relocate from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC.
His full bio is available here.
The APTA board also commended and thanked Acting President and CEO Richard White for helping to stabilize APTA and put it on a strong path for the future over the last 19 months. White will work with Skoutelas for a period of time to ensure a smooth transition.
APTA undertook a thorough, transparent and inclusive process to select its president and CEO. Beginning work in September 2016, the 50-member task force, led by Immediate Past Chair Doran J. Barnes, chief executive officer, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA, was divided into four working groups to address the different aspects of the search process. This included recommending the hiring of the search firm Krauthamer & Associates and seeking member and stakeholder input on the attributes needed for the next CEO.
The second working group developed a compensation policy, and working group three developed a performance evaluation policy.
Working Group 4, which represented all segments of the association’s membership, oversaw the recruitment process and interviewed candidates. This group narrowed the field over the course of two rounds of interviews and unanimously recommended the appointment of Skoutelas. He was selected from a diverse pool that included 65 well-qualified individuals. Barnes noted it was gratifying that there were many qualified candidates. “It was a difficult choice but the working group was diligent and focused on finding the very best leader for APTA. We believe that Paul is the right person to lead APTA,” he said.
Members of Working Group 4 include:
• Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., APTA chair and CEO, Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority
• Doran J. Barnes, APTA immediate past chair and CEO, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
• David M. Stackrow Sr., APTA vice chair and chairman, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
• Kim R. Green, APTA secretary/treasurer and executive director of business development, Genfare
• Valarie J. McCall, APTA past chair and member, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees
• Mike Allegra, member, APTA Board of Directors; president, KivAllegra Consulting, and executive advisor to Mott MacDonald; former president, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City
• Dorval Carter, APTA Executive Committee member and president, Chicago Transit Authority
• Kristen Joyner, president, South West Transit Association
• Paul Larrousse, chair, APTA Workforce Development Committee, and member, APTA Board of Directors; executive director, National Transit Institute
• Bacarra Sanderson Mauldin, member, APTA Executive Committee, and board member, Birmingham (AL) Regional Paratransit Consortium dba ClasTran
• Lauren Skiver, former member, APTA Board of Directors, and CEO/general manager, SunLine Transit Agency, Thousand Palms, CA
• Jeff Wharton, chair, Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG), and Executive Committee member; president, IMPulse NC LLC
• Eve Williams, BMBG second vice chair and president/CEO, Dikita Engineering
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