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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Denver RTD Board names Phil Washington new general manager

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Denver's Regional Transportation District Board of Directors voted unanimously to enter into contract negotiations with Phil Washington to serve as the agency's new general manager and chief executive officer.

Washington has been the interim general manager since the departure of long-time GM Cal Marsella in July. Prior to his appointment to the interim position, he served as RTD's assistant general manager for administration for the past nine years. His responsibilities included overseeing the finance, procurement, information technology, human resources, treasury and disadvantaged business enterprise departments.

Washington was one of three finalists announced by the board last week.  The other finalists were British Columbia Rapid Transit Co. president and CEO Douglas Kelsey and former top United Airlines executive Sean Donohue.

The decision by the board follows a six-month national search and extensive local public input process.

Before joining RTD, Washington had a distinguished 24-year military career, retiring as a decorated active-duty U.S. Army soldier, having attained the rank of Command Sergeant Major). He is the recipient of numerous military honors and citations for outstanding performance of duty and leadership. Washington holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Columbia College and a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University.

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