Leader joined NYCT in 1986 as a management intern in the Division of Track and since then, has accepted ever-increasing levels of responsibility, rising steadily through the managerial ranks to chief track officer, chief of track and infrastructure and, ultimately, vice president and chief maintenance officer for maintenance of way. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing six areas vital to subway operations: track, infrastructure, elevator and escalator, electrical, engineering and electronics maintenance.
Leader's 27-year tenure at NYCT also includes five years in the Office of System Safety as a superintendent of track safety and as director of investigations.
"Joe has impressed me with his strong focus on holding the safety of our customers and employees, as well as the security of our system, as his highest leadership concerns," said MTA NYCT President Carmen Bianco. "He is a creative and visionary leader, whose inspiration and efforts have been key contributing factors to several important programs and initiatives. Joe takes tremendous pride in the Department of Subways organization, but is always confident that there is more to be achieved."