Thursday, June 17, 2010

Watson named CEO of Austin Capital Metro

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Austin, Tex.’s Capitol Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors Thursday unanimously named Linda S. Watson as its new CEO. Watson was one of two finalists, given the nod over Deborah Wathen Finn, president of The Wathen Group, a New York-based consultancy.

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Watson currently heads the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority in Orlando, Fla. She and the Cap Metro board still must agree on contract specifics.

Cap Metro hired the firm Gilbert Tweed last  January to conduct a national search for CEO; Gilbert Tweed received 110 applications.

After repeated delays, Cap Metro last March launched its initial 32-mile commuter rail line, using six Stadler-Bussnag diesel-multiple unit (DMU) trains.