Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim, a career transit and transportation professional who has led some of the largest transportation agencies in the nation, on Feb. 3 joined HNTB as Senior Vice President and National Transit and Rail Market Sector Leader. Based in HNTB’s New York City office, she is responsible for collaborating with HNTB leadership nationwide on strategic planning and implementation, industry representation, business development, service delivery, and client collaboration and satisfaction.
Hakim brings 33 years of experience to HNTB. She most recently served as Managing Director of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she was responsible for leading more than 70,000 employees in five operating agencies, overseeing transit systems that carry 9 million riders each day. She also was responsible for promoting the 2015-2019 $32.5 billion MTA Capital Program as well as working on the framework for the 2020-2024 $51.5 billion MTA Capital Program.
Hakim’s executive leadership experience also includes serving as President of MTA New York City Transit, Executive Director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, and Executive Director of New Jersey Transit. She also served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel MTA Capital Construction.
Over the course of her career, Hakim has been recognized professional associations including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), General Contractors Association, Women Builders Council, the Alliance for Action, and the Subcontractors Trade Association. She is sought as a speaker by many industry associations.
Hakim holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester and a juris doctorate degree from the Pace University School of Law.
“Ronnie has been a recognized trailblazer for many years, leading transportation agencies to new levels of success with innovative programs and delivery of industry-leading projects that have transformed the New York metropolitan area,” said Rob Slimp, P.E., HNTB Chairman and CEO. “It’s a time of great change and great opportunity for our clients. Ronnie is an exceptional leader and will use her tremendous industry network, wealth of experience, talent and innovative thinking to partner with our clients and stakeholders to drive the most complex projects and programs to improve mobility throughout the United States.”