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CNEC Welcomes Ronnie Hakim as CNEC Chair of the Board


January 29, 2021


Mike Friedberg


(Washington, D.C.) – On January 28, the Coalition of the Northeast Corridor (CNEC) voted to elect Ronnie Hakim as the new CNEC Chair of the Board.

Hakim currently serves as the HNTB’s national transit and rail market sector leader responsible for collaborating with HNTB’s leadership nationwide on strategic planning and implementation, industry representation, business development, service delivery, and client collaboration and satisfaction.

Prior to joining HNTB, Hakim served as Managing Director of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), where she was responsible for leading more than 70,000 employees in five operating agencies, overseeing transit systems that carry nine million riders each day.

Hakim’s executive leadership experience also includes serving as President of MTA New York City Transit, Executive Director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Executive Director of New Jersey Transit, and Executive Vice President and General Counsel MTA Capital Construction.

“After former CNEC Chairman of the Board Amit Bose was named to serve as the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Deputy Administrator, the CNEC unanimously voted to elect Ronnie as the next Chair of the Board,” said Mike Friedberg CNEC Executive Director. “Ronnie has years of experience working for transit authorities that rely on critical infrastructure investments to operate efficiently and effectively while also ensuring the safety of its passengers. Ronnie will be a great advocate for moving the priorities of the CNEC forward.”

“I’m looking forward to serving as Chair of the CNEC. This Coalition continues to serve a vital role in informing investments on the NEC,” said Ronnie Hakim, CNEC Chair of the Board, “I join in wishing our outgoing Chair - Amit Bose success in his leadership at the FRA.”

CNEC is the business community’s voice for strengthening rail infrastructure in order to reduce congestion, create jobs and grow the economy. We represent diverse stakeholders who rely on the Corridor to conduct commerce, access customers, and transport employees.


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