Thursday, December 10, 2009

Denver RTD names general manager finalists

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Denver's Regional Transportation District Board of Directors has named three finalists in its search for the district's new General Manager and CEO. The three finalists are Sean Donohue, Douglas Kelsey and Phillip Washington.

Donohue has extensive experience in private-sector management after leading United Airlines' global operations and managing a budget of more than $3 billion as United's Senior Vice President of Flight Operations. Donohue retired from United in 2008 and has since been working on several private equity ventures.

Kelsey is currently the president and CEO of the British Columbia Rapid Transit Company. His responsibilities have included overseeing a $2-billion Public-Private Partnership for the Canada Line service. Kelsey began his career at Shell Oil and became the manager of all of Shell's retail locations across Canada before being recruited by Starbucks to manage the coffee giant's Canadian retail locations.

Washington is the current interim CEO and General Manager for the RTD. For the past nine years, Washington was RTD's assistant general manager for administration, overseeing finance, procurement, information technology, human resources, treasury and disadvantaged business enterprise departments. Before joining RTD, he spent 24 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a decorated Command Sergeant Major.

The RTD Board will interview the finalists Dec. 11 as part of the selection process. Finalists will also interview with RTD's Civic Leaders Panel, representing stakeholders from around the region, which will advise the board on its recommendations. The RTD Board is expected to appoint a full-time general manager by the end of year.

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