The Rapid hires CEO
The Rapid has selected its next CEO.
The Rapid Board of Directors announced Andrew Johnson as the next CEO during its meeting last week.
He is expected to begin his tenure in August.
“I have long admired The Rapid and am thrilled to lead this team in serving the greater Grand Rapids community,” Johnson said. “There is a solid history of performance, great community support and most importantly, a dedicated group of people, both employees and board members, who believe as I do that accessibility and mobility are critical to a healthy, successful and economically prosperous community.”
Johnson brings more than 20 years of CEO and executive-level management experience in both public transportation and the private sector.
He currently serves as the COO of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District in Illinois.
Previously, he was the CEO of Connect Transit in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.
He is president of the Illinois Public Transit Association and holds a seat on the APTA Executive Committee.
Johnson holds a B.S. in finance and an M.B.A. from Marquette University.
“We were impressed with his expertise, industry knowledge and proven leadership,” said Stephen Kepley, board chair for The Rapids and mayor of Kentwood. “The board is confident he shares our commitment to ensuring The Rapid is providing excellent service to its customers, is operating efficiently and effectively and will take an innovative and collaborative approach to leading the organization.”
Following public interviews with Johnson and another finalist for the position, board members said they were impressed by Johnson’s “diverse” achievements in contributing to public transportation system growth: re-design; re-branding; strategic initiatives; legislative and regulatory experience; and financial management expertise.