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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.

Jack Chang
Chief Technology and Product Officer

Jack is Chief Technology and Product Officer for Transdev North America.  He drives our technology direction and helps us deliver exceptional products to our customers.  He over sees technology and product development for all our business lines including B2G (Transit, Rail), B2C (SuperShuttle, Taxi, zTrip and ExecuCar) and B2B (Compass, Golden Touch, Tesla and University of Central Florida). Jack also is responsible for product development for Green Tomato Cars and Cabfind in the U.K.

Jack works closely with other technology teams in Transdev including our global IT team, and our Autonomous Vehicle group to advance the technology capabilities of Transdev worldwide.  

Jack joined Transdev in 2015 and has provided strategic and day-to-day oversight of the technology and technical product  development for our On-Demand businesses.  He  has led multiple successful technology start-ups in the Bay Area and has an impressive track record as a leader and innovator in cloud-based communication, as well as voice and mobile products and services. He has been CEO of several technology companies and built and scaled teams to manage complex operations, achieve high levels of product quality, and meet market demand and financial goals. 

He holds a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and began his career as a software developer at Siemens/Rolm.

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.

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. 

Transdev On Demand, Inc.

Ken Westbrook
Chief Operating Officer, Transdev B2B
Ken oversees our B2B (business to business) lines which are comprised of Golden Touch and Compass operations.  Compass Transportation transports 6,000 employees of high tech firms from San Francisco to Silicon Valley each day, and also provides services around the corporate campuses of some of our clients. Key clients include Yahoo, Genentech, Tesla, Apple and e-Bay, among others.

Golden Touch has been a leader in providing transportation for airline crews, (pilots, stewards and stewardesses) and for airline employees and passengers for the past 30 years. They transport 2.5 million airline crews per year and provide 3.5 million trips for airline employees and passengers. Golden Touch serves all three major airports in the New York City metropolitan area.

Ken has an extensive background in transit operations and served for several years as President of our Transit Division, which operates transit in more than 200 cities and communities. He was also President of our Rail Division for the past two years. Earlier in his career he was SVP of the Eastern Region of the U.S.

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.

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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