Big changeups in TransLink's senior management team

May 29 2018, 5:56 pm

There are changeovers with the managers in charge of two of TransLink’s largest departments.

Earlier today, the public transit authority announced Michael McDaniel will become the new President and General Manager of Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC), a TransLink subsidiary that operates the bus fleet.

McDaniel will be leaving his position as President and CEO of the Pacific National Exhibition, a role that he has served for the past 15 years.

“Michael brings ample knowledge and experience of our region’s public transportation system as he served as Board Chair for the Coast Mountain Bus Company Board of Directors for two years,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond in a statement.

Another senior management staffing change is with SkyTrain, as Vivienne King, the President and General Manager at TransLink’s BC Rapid Transit Company, has stepped down from her role to return home to Australia.

“I know that Vivienne’s decision to return home to Australia was a personal one. While disappointed, I understand and support her decision,” said Desmond.

“Vivienne has led the way in shifting SkyTrain to a customer-oriented organization whose front-line employees are focused on helping customers through their journey on our system. She has also helped us move the organization to one that is delivering improved performance through better business planning, benchmarking, and a commitment to doing the job right.”

King joined TransLink in March 2016, and her last day with the public transit authority was May 16. On an interim basis, she will be replaced by Haydn Acheson, the previous head of CMBC.

Dan Savitsky, CMBC’s Vice-President of Maintenance, will take on the leadership role at CMBC until McDaniel is ready to take over.

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