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Transdev North America, Inc.


Mark Joseph
Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman

Mark Joseph brings more than 30 years of experience in public transportation across the world as the leader of Transdev Americas, with responsibility for both North and South America. Under his leadership,, Transdev has grown into the largest multi-modal transportation company in the Americas and has built a brand that represents a commitment to safety, passenger satisfaction and reliability  the company has workforce of 24,000 and operates some 200 contracts for cities, counties, airports and universities.
 
Mark is a leader in the company’s transition into a new era of digital innovation and is expanding a suite of technology tools and programs that represent new opportunities in mobility. An entrepreneur and innovator, Mark is passionate about improving quality of life and economic growth in cities and communities through well-designed, multi-modal public transportation. He is committed to values-based leadership, and leads his teams with a focus on safety, superior operational performance, entrepreneurship and integrity. He is dedicated to building genuine partnerships with clients, employees, labor unions and the disabled community.
 
Mark joined Yellow Cab of Baltimore in the late 1970s as President and grew the company into the city’s leading taxi company with 600 taxicabs. By the late 1980’s, he had transformed Yellow Cab into Yellow Transportation - the leading diversified regional transportation company in Baltimore/Washington, D.C. with taxi, bus, trolley, shuttle, private sedan and paratransit operations.  Yellow Transportation was recognized nationally for its efficiency, innovation and customer service, and was a key partner to the Mayor of Baltimore in the historic renewal of the downtown and inner harbor areas.
 
In 2001 Connex, a predecessor company of Transdev, acquired Yellow Transportation.  Mark was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Connex in 2004 and Vice-Chairman and CEO of Transdev North America in 2006.  He also serves on the global Executive Committee of Transdev.
 
Mark has served as president of the leading trade association for the taxi and paratransit industry (the TLPA) and founding member and past chairman of the Washington D.C. chapter of the prestigious Young Presidents’ Organization. He served as Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Privatization for the State of Maryland, and held a number of gubernatorial appointments, including committees on insurance, tourism and economic development.
 
Mark has served on numerous Boards of Directors of public, private and non-profit organizations. He lectures regularly at the Wharton Business School, Johns Hopkins, Cornell University and the Kennedy School at Harvard University. 
 
Mark graduated from American University in Washington D.C. with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Political Science.

Jacques Laherre
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jacques Laherre joined the Transdev North America executive team in 2016 and is responsible for all financial aspects of the company. Jacques brings a wealth of knowledge in financial management and revenue creation having spent his career overseeing multi-billion-dollar manufacturing corporations through critical restructuring growth phases. He has extensive experience in modernizing systems and processes, implementing change management programs, improving operational efficiency, and managing strategic partnerships.

He most recently served as Senior Vice President for Finance and Purchasing at Claas Group, a German-based manufacturer of agriculture machinery. There, he successfully integrated the acquisition of Renault Agriculture, boosting productivity and results during a critical restructuring phase, while managing a staff of 100. His previous roles include executive financial positions at Renault Agriculture, Renault Trucks, and Accenture.

Jacques holds a Master’s of Business Administration in Finance degree from the ESSEC Business School in Paris. He is a member of the Transdev North America Executive Committee responsible for developing short- and long-term corporate strategy and policies.

Dick Alexander
Executive Vice President, Business Development

Dick Alexander oversees business development efforts for Transdev North America and has helped the business grow to $1.6 billion in revenues over his 15-year tenure with the company.
 
Dick is responsible for developing partnerships with cities, counties and transit agencies to manage and operate public transit systems, ranging from small start-up projects, to large transportation entities. He is also responsible for business development opportunities in the Rail, Streetcar, Paratransit and On Demand divisions of the company.
 
Dick is deeply experienced in structuring business relationships and contracts client objectives to ensure high standards for quality, efficiency and passenger care.  He leads many of the company’s strategic initiatives including innovative technology partnerships, service design and new product development.
 
Dick started his career in the transit industry as a transportation planner and later a system manager. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Design from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s of Business Administration from Xavier University.

Alan Moldawer
Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Alan Moldawer joined Transdev North America as Vice President and General Counsel in 2004 after nearly three decades of private law practice in Washington, D.C and Maryland. He has extensive experience as a trial lawyer and in advising and representing businesses, with a particular emphasis in the ground transportation sector.
 
An AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell since 1983, in 1999 he was listed in its Register of Preeminent lawyers for Business Law. Active in his community both personally and professionally, he served for several years as chairman of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute and Fee Dispute Resolution Committees.
 
In 2006, Alan became Executive Vice President and General Counsel, corporate secretary, and member of the Executive Committee of Transdev North America. Alan is responsible for Transdev’s legal affairs across North America and is its Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. Licensed by the courts of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Illinois, Alan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and has in-house admission in IL.

Ruth Otte
Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Ruth Otte leads Transdev North America’s marketing and communications efforts, responsible for corporate marketing and branding, messaging, strategic and crisis communications, online and social media strategy,  building ridership and passenger loyalty and marketing apps and digital services.
 
Ruth leads the company’s efforts to build the Transdev brand, supports the business development team in proposal development, and helps build a high-performance culture through employee engagement programs and nurturing  values-based leadership throughout the company. She works closely with the international Marketing and Communications teams on a variety of programs and initiatives.
 
She brings 25 years of experience developing some of the most successful brands in television and children’s media. She was President of The Discovery Channel for its first nine years, building the brand from into industry prominence. Ruth was a member of the original team that helped launch MTV in 1981, and worked in senior sales and marketing roles with MTV and VH-1.
 
Ruth received the cable industry’s “Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership” and was voted “Woman of the Year” by the Women in Cable organization. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Maryland.

Anita M. Skotnicki
Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Anita Skotnicki has held progressively senior positions in human resource management for more than 25 years. She has extensive experience in all facets of the profession, with particular strengths in compensation and benefits.
 
Anita joined Transdev North America in 2006. She oversees all human resource functions, including talent acquisition, talent development, employee relations, compensation, healthcare and retirement plans, with a continuous focus on efficiency and process improvement. She has directed a large-scale integration and automation of multiple healthcare and retirement plans with a particular focus on consolidation, compliance and communication. She also works closely with the international HR team for Transdev on various global HR initiatives.
 
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, is a Certified Compensation Professional, and is a graduate of the company's Global Executive Development program.


 

Transdev Services, Inc.

Mike Murray
President and Chief Operating Officer, Transit Division

Mike Murray is responsible for the Transit Division's bus, paratransit, University Shuttle, School bus and BRT contracts with cities and transit authorities. The portfolio is composed of transit locations and contracts in leading cities such as Phoenix, Denver, Seattle, Baltimore, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
 
Mike is responsible for nearly 13,000 employees organized into multiple regions. He leads the teams responsible for enhancing the Transit Division’s operational and financial performance including safety, maintenance, customer service, technology, budgets, planning, and staff development. He is responsible for the company’s compliance with contract terms, as well as contract renewals and business growth.
 
Before joining Transdev, Murray served as President and CEO of FirstGroup America where he was responsible for revenues of $5 billion and nearly 100,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada.
 
Mike practiced corporate, labor and employment law in both the trucking and passenger transportation industries. His academic history includes a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a Master’s Degree in Labor and Human Resources, and a Juris Doctor Degree.

Ken Westbrook
President, Rail Division | Chairman, Transit Division

Ken Westbrook is President of the Rail Division and also Chairman of the Transit Division responsible for a variety of strategic projects and initiatives. In his duties at President of the Rail Division, he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s rail business, which includes operating/maintenance contracts in for commuter rail in South Florida, and streetcar systems in Cincinnati and Detroit, as well as VTMI, its rapidly growing division devoted to constructing and maintaining rail track and infrastructure. He also oversees business development activities focused on identifying and pursuing new contracts and public-private partnership (PPP) opportunities.
 
Ken has had a distinguished career in transit operations. He was named President of the Rail Division in December 2014 in addition to his duties as Chairman of Transdev’s Transit Division. He has held many senior executive roles in the company including President and COO of the Transit Division for several years.
 
He became part of Transdev North America when the company acquired ATC in 2005. Early in his career, he was General Manager for Jackson MS, and Pensacola, FL transit operations.


 

Transdev On Demand, Inc.

Jan Horstmann
President and Chief Operating Officer, On Demand Division

Jan Horstmann serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the On Demand Division for Transdev North America. His role includes executive level leadership of SuperShuttle airport shuttle and ExecuCar sedan businesses that operate in over 40 U.S. airports and several international locations as well as our other on demand business activities.
 
Jan oversees the rapid development of digital applications focusing on enhancing the passenger experience including zTrip, Transdev’s passenger app to book taxi or black car services. Jan’s leadership also includes several taxi businesses in leading U.S. cities, Compass Transportation, which provides employee shuttle services in Silicon Valley, and Golden Touch Transportation specializing in airline crew transfers in greater New York City. 
 
Jan has extensive international and North American experience in acquisitions, financial management and controls, strategy development and financial planning. He served in several prior leadership roles with Transdev including Chief Financial Officer of Transdev North America from 2007 to 2015. He is fluent in English, French and German and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration/Management Science from the Universit√© Paris-Dauphine.

R. Brian Wier
Chairman, On Demand Division

Brian Wier has been a leader in ground transportation for nearly three decades and currently serves as the Chairman of Transdev’s On Demand Division in North America.
 
Under his leadership, SuperShuttle grew  to become America’s largest shared ride airport transportation shuttle, serving over 40 of the nation’s biggest airports and transporting nine million passengers per year, with additional operations in Paris, Amsterdam, London, Cancun and Los Cabos. The company also successfully integrated the acquisition of several taxi operations across the country.
 
Brian is a past president and board member of the Taxicab, Livery and Paratransit Association (TLPA), the Airport Ground Transportation Association (AGTA) and various industry boards. He attended the University of Texas and served in the United States Marine Corps.


Transdev North America is the largest private sector operator of multiple modes of transit in North America, providing bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle, sedan and taxi services. We manage over 200 transportation contracts for cities, transit authorities and airports, providing safe and sustainable mobility solutions. Our mission is to improve public transportation, to enhance quality of life and combat global warming.

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