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Our Executive Team


Transdev North America, Inc.


Yann Leriche
Chief Executive Officer

Yann Leriche has extensive experience leading large-scale public transportation businesses around the globe. He is responsible for all Transdev subsidiaries and operations in the U.S. and Canada. This includes contracts for bus, paratransit, streetcar, rail and light rail services in over 200 cities and communities, encompassing a workforce of some 23,000. He also leads the on-demand (B2C) business lines in the U.S. including SuperShuttle, black car and taxi operations, and B2B businesses focused on airport crew transfers and corporate transportation services. 

Additionally, he will remain as both Head of global B2C Business Lines and as the leader of the global development of Autonomous Vehicle activities for the Transdev Group. 

He previously served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the North American Division in 2012 and 2013. Starting in 2014 Yann assumed the role of Global Chief Performance Officer for Transdev setting and enforcing standards for monitoring and improving operational performance. He also oversaw a variety of corporate services including Safety, IT, Business Development, Marketing, and Innovation.

Recently, he led efforts to secure key strategic partnerships with Renault-Nissan Alliance and, separately, Delphi Automotive to accelerate the delivery of driverless pods and shuttles to open-road streets and create an autonomous fleet management system as a way to offer clients ways to expand their mobility options.

Yann has also served as General Manager of Transamo, Transdev's consulting subsidiary, and as CEO of Transdev Germany's SZ (bus) and EurailCo (rail) divisions. Prior to that, he was Director of Public Transport in Reims, France and implemented a highly successful new light rail system that had a transformational effect on the city. 

Yann holds a Specialized Master's Degree in Financial and Fiscal Engineering from ESCP-Europe and additional degrees from College des Ingenieurs, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees and Ecole Polytechnique. 

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.

Jennifer Coyne
Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Jennifer A. Coyne brings nearly three decades of expertise and insight to her role as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Transdev North America. She also serves as the company’s Chief Ethics and Compliance officer and is a member of the Executive Committee.
 
Jennifer joined Transdev after almost 20 years at United Airlines. As an Associate General Counsel for United she handled litigation, regulatory, international, government affairs, labor, employment, benefits, environmental, health and safety matters for the airline. Jennifer also served as the lead labor and employment and benefits attorney for the 2010 United Airlines and Continental Airlines merger and United’s bankruptcy restructuring. Previously she worked as an Assistant Corporate Counsel for the City of Chicago and has also worked in private practice.
 
A long-time Chicago native, Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Political Science from The University of Iowa before earning her Juris Doctor degree from The University of Chicago School of Law. She currently is on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network.

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.

Alan Moldawer
Special Counsel

Alan Moldawer joined Transdev North America as Vice President and its first 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, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, and member of the Executive Committee of Transdev North America. He was responsible for Transdev’s legal affairs across North America. On July 1, 2017 he transitioned to a part-time role as Special Counsel to Transdev as a part of a long-planned career decision. He is succeeded by Jennifer Coyne. He also served as 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.
 

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, Transit and Rail Division

Mike Murray is responsible for the division's bus, paratransit, IntelliRide brokerage, 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, New Orleans and San Francisco. He is also responsible for all aspects of the company’s rail business, including streetcar operating contracts in Cincinnati and Detroit, as well as VTMI, Transdev’s business unit devoted to maintaining rail track and infrastructure. Mike also oversees Transdev's Canadian operations, including numerous contracts in Montreal, Greater Toronto and Edmonton. 
 
Mike is responsible for nearly 13,000 employees organized into multiple regions. He leads the teams responsible for enhancing the 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.
 
Duane Eskierka
Chief Operating Officer
 
Duane Eskierka brings more than 20 years of experience in transit leadership to his role as Chief Operating Officer for Transdev Services. In this role, Duane oversees more than 80 contracts with transit agencies for bus and paratransit service, with responsibility to deliver on the company’s promises to clients and assure quality performance. He oversees regional and location-based staff for all aspects of operations, safety and fleet maintenance in contracts across the country.

Duane has held varying roles of increasing responsibility and built a track record of success as a General Manager, Regional Vice President, and Senior Vice President. He has led teams that delivered consistently positive results and has engineered significant improvements in performance in multiple domains of providing safe, reliable, quality service operations. He has also held roles as Regional Vice President in the Southwest, and Senior Vice President of Operations for Western Division where he worked to establish protocols and processes to drive continuous improvement before taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer.

Duane is adept at building trust-based relationships and strong teamwork and has mentored many managers throughout the company. He has led teams that delivered consistently positive results and has also helped engineer significant performance improvements in multiple cities. He is an innovative problem-solver and thought leader in transit operations and business development.
 
He has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and a master’s degree in Business Management. In addition, he is a military veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force for seven years. He has also served on numerous APTA committees and in a variety of roles in community organizations. 

Ken Westbrook
Executive Vice President, Client Relations

Ken Westbrook is EVP of Client Relations, responsible for a variety of strategic projects and initiatives. He focuses on maintaining and enhancing the company’s relationships with key clients, prospects, and industry leaders. He supports the efforts of our business development team and collaborates closely with them. 
 
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, and SVP of the Eastern Division prior to that. 
 
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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