January 12, 2016 – Boutique executive search firm Lochlin Partners has placed Paul Wiedefeld as general manager and chief executive officer of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Managing director Patrick Friel led the search.
Mr. Wiedefeld brings to the WMATA 30 years of public and private sector transportation management experience, formerly serving as CEO of the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where he managed the operations of an airport that served a (then) record 22.7 million passengers. His career also includes service as administrator of the Maryland Transit Administration, where he managed day-to-day operations of the nation’s 13th largest transit system. He also spent a decade in the private sector gaining extensive experience in engineering project management for Parsons Brinckerhoff’s aviation practice.
“This board is very pleased to have a senior executive of Mr. Wiedefeld’s caliber who will help us build a new standard of safety, reliability, and financial stability for our system,” said WMATA board of directors chairman Mort Downey. “Paul brings to Metro a depth of transportation knowledge and regional experience and we are absolutely united in our support for him.”
The WMATA, commonly referred to as Metro, is a tri-jurisdictional government agency that operates transit service in the Washington Metropolitan Area. It provides rapid transit service under the Metrorail name, fixed-route bus service under the Metrobus brand, and paratransit service under the MetroAccess brand.
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Lochlin Partners, based in the Washington, D.C., area, conducts searches for board and executive-level positions within government & corporate affairs, government contracting, technology & services, higher education, the public sector, financial services, and healthcare.
The firm recently recruited Joan Mooney as president and CEO of the Faith & Politics Institute. Liza Wright and Nalini Perkins, managing directors, headed the search. Lochlin Partners also tapped Uzma Burki as SVP and CHRO at Battelle Memorial Institute. Ms. Wright and Mr. Friel conducted that assignment.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media