February 28, 2017 – Executive search firm Krauthamer & Associates (K&A) has placed Josh Baker as general manager and chief executive officer of Alexandria Transit Company. He took over the helm of the award winning DASH Bus System earlier this month, replacing long time CEO Sandy Modell, who retired after leading the system for the past 28 years. The board was looking for a new leader to assist in pushing forward the organization’s strategic vision.
Mr. Baker has over 17 years of experience in the public transportation industry, starting as a bus operator in college and working his way up through the industry. He most recently served as general manager of the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company in Lynchburg, VA, a fixed route and paratransit operation providing service to the City of Lynchburg and surrounding communities. Prior to that, Mr. Baker headed a new transit system in Radford, VA. He is a recipient of the White House Champions of Change award and was named to the ‘Top 40 under 40’ list by Mass Transit Magazine.
“The ATC board is extremely pleased to have found an innovative and skilled transit leader from another Virginia transit system that is structured similarly to DASH,” said Paul Abramson, Alexandria Transit Company board chairman. “Josh has accomplished a number of successes in Lynchburg and elsewhere in the Commonwealth. We are looking forward to having him join the DASH team and build on the success of the system, and take DASH to its next level of excellence.”
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The Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH system provides bus service within the City of Alexandria and connects with Metrobus, Metrorail, Virginia Railway Express, and all local bus systems. DASH transports over 14,000 riders daily and serves all of the Alexandria Metrorail Stations and the Pentagon Metrorail station during morning and evening peak periods.
Based in Chevy Chase, MD, Krauthamer & Associates serves a wide range of industries, including: aviation; consumer products; healthcare; industrial; natural resources; professional services; public sector & non-profit; real estate; technology; and transportation.
Gary Krauthamer founded the firm in 1971 and has personally completed more than 1,000 search assignments throughout North America, Europe and Asia since that time. Over the last 30 years, he has worked extensively within and across the public and private sectors and has developed a diverse client base that includes the aerospace industry, the federal government, entrepreneurial organizations, middle-market entities and large multinational Fortune 100 corporations.
Transportation Companies Turning to Search Firms
Over the past several months, an expanding number of transportation companies have turned to executive search firms to help them find senior talent. Here’s some recent examples from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
- Heidrick & Struggles placed Mark Thurston as chief executive officer of High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd., the company behind the U.K.’s planned £55 billion high-speed rail network. His appointment came after a five-month global search led by Heidrick, which reviewed some 20 potential candidates working on projects in America, Australia and Asia, as well as in the U.K.
- TillmanCarlson recruited Scott Cousins as chief information officer of Roadrunner Transportation Systems. Founder Rob Tillman and managing director Kelly Carlson led the assignment. Roadrunner Transportation is an asset-light transportation and supply chain solutions provider offering a full suite of services.
- Aviation Search Group placed Steven McNeeley as safety and security executive officer at AirMed International, LLC. Executive recruiter and client manager Jaime Truxal led the search. AirMed is one of the leading air medical transport companies in the world, with more than 20,000 missions completed in all 50 states and over 150 countries on six continents.
- Spencer Stuart tapped Iftikhar Ahmad to lead T.F. Green Airport and serve as president and chief executive officer of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC). The position attracted high levels of interest with more than 100 candidates applying for the job, said RIAC Patti Goldstein, senior vice president of marketing and communications.
- ADK Consulting & Executive Search recruited Herbert L. Judon Jr. as executive director of the Augusta Regional Airport. Mr. Judon has more than 20 years of experience in aviation. Augusta Regional Airport is a city-owned public airport seven miles south of Augusta, Georgia. It is served by American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, and Delta Connection.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media