The Amtrak Board of Directors has announced the immediate appointment of Kevin Winters as inspector general, succeeding Tom Howard, who is retiring.
“Kevin is a highly respected leader in the Inspector General community and has a strong knowledge of Amtrak’s business operations and critical mission,” remarked Tony Coscia, Amtrak Board chairman. “He also has the integrity and objectivity required for this independent role.”
Since 2015, Winters has served as Amtrak deputy inspector general and counsel. He has worked as a senior executive with NASA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) for 10 years and also served with the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as a Brigadier General.
Winters earned a B.S.C. and a law degree from the University of Louisville and a Masters in Law from the University of Virginia.
Howard announced plans to retire in November 2017. He has served as Amtrak inspector general for five years. He joined the OIG in 2010 as deputy inspector general where he spearheaded a reorganization of the OIG that provided objective products addressing high-impact issues faced by Amtrak.
“Tom has provided nothing but honorable and productive service during his time as inspector general, and we wish him the best of luck as he transitions to this exciting phase in his life,” said Coscia. “Tom has left a lasting, positive mark on Amtrak’s Office of Inspector General and I’ve greatly valued his objectivity in providing unvarnished assessments of the company’s programs and operations.”