Stephanie Wiggins, CEO of Southern California’s Metrolink, has announced three chief-level appointments to the agency’s leadership team.
Eric Hosey has been named chief operating officer, Darrell Maxey has been named chief mobilization officer, and Noelia Rodriguez has been named chief of staff.
“I am excited to welcome these extremely qualified executives to my senior management team,” said Wiggins. “Both Eric and Noelia are respected leaders in their fields with over half a century of experience between them. Darrell has been a dedicated, loyal employee at Metrolink who has been very helpful to me since I joined the agency in January.”
“Each one of these individuals brings a breadth of experience, knowledge and dedication in transportation and goods movement,” added Wiggins. “We are fortunate they have chosen to join our team.”
Hosey, who began his role as COO on July 29, will oversee the dispatching and operations of Metrolink’s network. He has more than 25 years of experience in freight and passenger rail and most recently served as assistant vice president of transportation for Amtrak’s Southwestern Division. Hosey began his rail career with Norfolk Southern Railway as a brakeman and locomotive engineer and served in the United States Navy.
Beginning July 29, Maxey will focus on leading and implementing new agency-wide projects such as the new bundling contract for Metrolink operations. Prior to this, he was Metrolink’s deputy chief operating officer and helped implement Positive Train Control Technology. Maxey has more than40 years of experience. He joined Metrolink in 2006, spent 18 years with the Southern Pacific (now Union Pacific Railroad) and nine years with Caltrain in Northern California.
Rodriguez will be responsible for managing the CEO’s office in the newly created role of chief of staff, effective August 26. With more than 30 years of experience, she has held leadership positions at multiple Southern California transportation agencies, including Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She also held supporting roles for First Lady Laura Bush and Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. Rodriguez was a resident and fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, followed by nearly five years as the director of the Kennedy School’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.
“Our goal over the next five years is to double our ridership and improve our system for our valued riders who count on us to get them to their destination safely and on-time,” remarked Wiggins. “These new additions to the team will help make that commitment a reality. At Metrolink, we recognize that customers have choices, and we will continually strive to make their Metrolink experience one they will choose again and again because of the quality and value of our service.”