Doug Allen named interim CEO

Doug Allen
Doug Allen

Late last month, Capital Metro President/CEO Fred Gilliam announced his retirement. His last day at Capital Metro is Oct. 16, and I wish him lots of happiness in his new endeavors.

Today the Board of Directors met and apppointed Doug Allen interim president/CEO, effective Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. Allen currently serves as executive vice president/chief development officer for Capital Metro.

In the official statement we issued after the appointment, Capital Metro Board Chair and Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gomez said, “Doug Allen has a wealth of leadership experience in the industry and has demonstrated his commitment to Capital Metro and central Texas transportation since joining the Authority more than a year ago. During this transition, it is critical that we remain focused on the core mission and goals of this agency.”

Behind the cut are more details from the news release.

With new Board appointments expected by the end of the year, today the Board recommended waiting until January to begin a national search for a new President/CEO.

Allen joined Capital Metro in March 2008, bringing 30 years of transportation planning and development experience.  As Executive Vice President/Chief Development Officer, he currently oversees all strategic planning, communications, marketing, community development, transit oriented development, engineering and construction functions.

Allen spent the majority of his career in the Dallas-Fort Worth area beginning at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) in 1978.   In 1984, he joined Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and was instrumental in developing plans for the DART light rail system and high occupancy vehicle network.

Allen is a member of several professional organizations including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) where he serves as vice chairman of the Policy and Planning Committee.

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