Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack has announced the appointment of Luis Manuel Ramírez as general manager and CEO of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), effective September 12. Ramírez succeeds Interim General Manager Steve Poftak.
“From Day One, we were looking for a candidate with a solid track record of leading large and complex organizations through transformation and change,” remarked Pollack. “His unique personal background, deep exposure to a range of challenges and constituencies, and proven leadership skills make Luis the right person to lead the MBTA as it continues to become the world-class transit agency our riders expect and deserve. With the support he’ll have from the strong operational and other leadership already at the T, Luis will get up to speed very quickly.”
Ramírez is the founder of TodoModo Group, a Dallas-based business consulting firm. He was president and CEO of Global Power Equipment Group from 2012 to 2015. He also worked for GE from 2000 to 2012, where he served in various roles, including GE vice president and corporate officer and president and CEO of GE’s Energy Industrial Solutions business. Before his employment at GE, he worked for Siemens Global Businesses for 11 years.
Ramírez earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from DeVry Institute of Technology.
“I am excited about joining a great team at the T to build upon the progress they have already made,” remarked Ramirez. “Going forward, we need financial discipline, we need operational excellence, and we also need strategy. But in everything we do, the overriding objective will be to put the customer first.”