The Scoop: MARTA has named a new General Manager and CEO, but the transit system will have to wait a mandatory 14-day waiting period to vote to confirm the offer.
The MARTA Board of Directors’ GM/CEO Search Committee voted to advance interim GM/CEO Collie Greenwood as the sole finalist for the permanent position. State law requires the 14-day waiting period.
The Search: A nationwide search, conducted by Krauthamer & Associates, identified 11 candidates with varying backgrounds in transportation and other business sectors. The Search Committee, chaired by MARTA Board Chair Rita Scott, interviewed five candidates and concluded that Greenwood is the best fit for MARTA.
Who is Collie Greenwood?: A former bus operator, Greenwood rose through the ranks over 30 years to serve as Chief Service Officer with the Toronto Transit Commission, the third largest transit system in North America.
Greenwood joined MARTA in July 2019 as Chief of Bus Operations and Urban Planning. In January 2021, Greenwood was named Deputy General Manager of Operations where he oversaw all bus and rail operations and helped develop and deliver major capital projects aimed at enhancing the customer experience, including the largest in MARTA’s history, the procurement of new railcars, and the addition of electric buses to MARTA’s fleet.
Greenwood was named interim GM/CEO in January.
The Quote: “Since arriving at MARTA, Collie has shown a tremendous knowledge of transit and capacity for leadership and innovation, while always keeping the customer front and center,” said MARTA Board Chair Rita Scott. “His rapid promotion to second-in-command demonstrated his ability to do the job well, and his steady, skilled leadership this year has further demonstrated that he is the best person to lead us as we navigate a post-pandemic world and embark on an historic enhancement and expansion program.”
The GM/CEO Search Committee will bring Greenwood’s nomination to the full MARTA Board in a specially called meeting later this month.