New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman Joseph Lhota has announced the appointment of Patrick Foye as president and Veronique Hakim as managing director. Foye and Hakim will serve in the newly created office of the chairman, which also includes MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber.
Foye and Hakim will be responsible for managing the agency on a day-to-day basis, with Foye leading key innovation and modernization initiatives, and Hakim responsible for the operations of the authority. They will also be responsible for implementing Lhota’s plan to stabilize and modernize the subway system.
Foye has been serving as the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and president of the Port Authority Trans-Hudson system (PATH) since November 2011. At the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, he led public-private partnerships for the Goethals Bridge and the nation’s largest PPP for Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport.
Prior to that, Foye served as the former deputy secretary for economic development for New York Governor Cuomo and was a mergers and acquisitions partner at Skadden Arps and managing partner of the firm’s Brussels, Budapest and Moscow offices. Foye also was executive vice president of AIMCO, served as president and CEO of the United Way of Long Island, and was as an MTA Board member from 2010 to 2012.
Since January 2017, Hakim has served as interim executive director of the MTA. In 2015, she was named president of MTA New York City Transit, where she returned after an earlier 23-year career at the authority. Hakim also served as executive director of NJ TRANSIT for a year and a half and executive director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority for nearly four years.
"Pat and Ronnie are veteran transportation professionals who together with Janno form the dynamic team the MTA needs at this moment,” stated Lhota. “Pat and Ronnie will assume the day-to-day leadership of the MTA and ensure that our customers are always our first priority. The plan I recently introduced is ambitious, aggressive, and requires dedicated leadership ensuring operational excellence and long-term innovation - which is exactly what the team in the Office of the Chairman will provide.”