Thursday, July 26, 2007

NTTA hires new executive director from scandal-plagued PBS&J

NTTA names new executive director

July 26, 2007

The Dallas Morning News
Copyright 2007

The North Texas Tollway Authority named a new executive director today, choosing a candidate with long experience in public tolling agencies in Florida and as an executive at a private engineering company heavily involved in road construction in Central Texas.

Jorge Figueredo takes over management of the NTTA Aug. 6, ending nearly a year of temporary leadership that began with the departure of Allan Rutter in February. Former executive director Jerry Hiebert has served as acting director since then.

Mr. Figueredo currently oversees tollway projects in Central Texas for the engineering and architecture services firm PBS&J, a 4,000-employee firm with more than 75 offices throughout the United States.

“I am very excited about the chance to help take this agency to a new place,” Mr. Figueredo said this morning. “There are massive needs for new transportation facilities in this area.”

NTTA had named five finalists for its top job earlier this month, including its then-acting deputy executive director, Rick Herrington. The Plano-based agency also named Mr. Herrington as permanent deputy executive director today.

NTTA chairman Paul Wageman said the agency had conducted a national search for the new director, and noted Mr. Figueredo’s 16 years of experience in the toll business. It was critical, he said, to find the right candidate as the agency moves to finalize its deal to build and operate the State Hwy. 121 project in Collin and Denton counties.

Mr. Figueredo “emerged as the candidate uniquely qualified to lead the NTTA into its second decade as an organization and as we begin to implement the history SH 121 project,” Mr. Wageman said.

Mr. Figueredo said he expects to aggressively push NTTA to build as many of the proposed North Texas toll roads as it can handle.

© 2007 The Dallas Morning News Co

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