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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

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

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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