People News: AECOM, MARS, RATP Dev USA, STV, Wi-TronixWritten by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
AECOM, Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS), RATP Dev USA, STV, and Wi-Tronix have added to their executive teams.
Sally Librera has joined AECOM to lead the North American Transit business as Senior Vice President.
She served most recently as Vice President, New York and New Jersey Rail and Transit Practice Leader, at HNTB Corporation. A 2021 Railway Age Women in Rail honoree, Librera began her 25-year career at New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she oversaw occupational, employee and system safety compliance; service delivery and control center operations; emergency and incident response; right-of-way system maintenance and construction; new car design and acceptance; fleet overhaul and maintenance; facility maintenance; and front-line customer service operations. She served as Vice President and Chief Officer for MTA Staten Island Railway and Senior Vice President for Subways at MTA New York City Transit.
“A senior leader of Sally’s caliber with extensive strategic planning, operations and front-line experience extends the value AECOM delivers to its public transit clients as they rebound from COVID-19 and look to optimize historic transportation investment for the future,” said Jennifer Aument, Chief Executive of AECOM’s global Transportation business. “Sally is also a pioneer in our industry and an incredible role model for young professional women pursuing transportation careers.”
MARS, one of five regional associations under the North American Rail Shippers national organization, has elected its 2022 Officers: President Carrie Evans, Iowa Interstate Railroad (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); First Vice President Kathy Bathurst, CSX (Calumet City, Ill.); and Second Vice President Matt O’Kray, Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. (Chicago, Ill.). Additionally, the Immediate Past President is Stefan Loeb, Watco (Downers Grove, Ill.).
New members of the MARS Executive Committee are: Justin Broyles, R.J. Corman (Nicholasville, Ky.); Kristina Chambers, TTX, (Chicago, Ill.); Nick Clark, CN (St. John, Ind.); and Jim Titsworth, BNSF (Fort Worth, Tex.).
“I look forward to the renewed growth of this vital organization in 2022,” MARS President Evans said. “We are positioned for continued success thanks to the tireless work by the previous executive team under the able leadership of Stefan Loeb.
Transit system manager and operator RATP Dev USA has hired Stacy Winsett as Chief People Officer. With more than 20 years of experience, Winsett has led the human resources divisions of Trillium Flow Technologies, Herc Rentals and Orica.
“Stacy has an exceptional track record, and we believe her perspective and ideas are going to transfer seamlessly across our company,” RATP Dev USA CEO Arnaud Legrand said. “She has not only proven to be a successful leader, but at the same time has shown her care for people and transformation. Stacy’s expertise in strong employee and labor relations will be an invaluable asset for the future of RATP Dev USA.”
STV has appointed Joe Aiello as Senior Advisor for the Advisory and Climate Adaptation, Sustainability and Resilience practices, and Douglas Blais as Vice President, Senior Program Manager for the Advisory and Program Management Services Group.
Aiello is a former Chairman of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), having completed his six-year term in 2021, and recently retired as Partner, Board Member and Senior Fellow at Meridiam Infrastructure, a P3 fund manager/developer global investment company. Aiello is currently a Senior Fellow at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
“STV is excited to have Joe’s expert hand, thought leadership and deep knowledge of sustainable infrastructure, as well as all phases of project development, governance and execution,” said STV Executive Vice President Marcos Díaz González, who heads the firm’s Advisory Services and Program Management Group. “Having Joe collaborate with STV’s advisory and program management professionals across all of our core market sectors will be of critical importance in bringing delivery-tested solutions to our clients.”
Blais served previously as Commercial Manager for the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center expansion program management team. He also developed, coordinated and oversaw the implementation of capital projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s World Trade Center Construction Department. In addition, as part of the New York State Executive Chamber, Blais collaborated with federal, state and local officials to develop and support such projects as the Hudson Yards Development, No. 7 Line Subway Extension and Lower Manhattan rebuilding efforts.
“Doug has more than 20 years of experience successfully developing and executing large-scale, complex programs in both the private and public sectors,” González said. “His client perspective and depth of understanding of management and financial controls can help structure, deliver and move all aspects of a complex program forward to successful completion by offering strategic and technical problem solving and time- and cost-savings insights.”
Rail Industry veteran Ed Harris has joined the Board of Directors at Wi-Tronix, LLC, a Bolingbrook, Ill.-based provider of advanced IoT platforms for the rail industry.
Harris has served as Executive Vice President of Operations at CSX, Canadian Pacific, CN and Illinois Central Railroad (now part of CN).
“I have long admired the innovative work and actions Wi-Tronix takes towards safety, service, and even employee recognition,” Harris said. “These are just a few of the reasons that I am excited to accept the offer from Wi-Tronix to hold a seat at the Board of Directors table. I look forward to continuing to be an advocate for technology that I truly believe has the ability to change the way railroads operate.”
“Ed’s extensive operational expertise across multiple Class I’s enhances Wi-Tronix’s ability to deliver solutions that maximize efficiency and safety outcomes,” Wi-Tronix President and CEO Larry Jordan said. “Ultimately, this boosts our ability to extend our reach to additional railroads both in North America and the rest of the world.”