Chairman Lhota Taps Patrick Foye as MTA President; Hakim is Managing Director

The MTA has a new president.

As part of his ongoing efforts to stabilize and modernize the nation’s largest public transit authority, Chairman Joseph Lhota has announced the appointment of Patrick Foye as the MTA’s next president. Lhota also announced that Veronique Hakim, currently the MTA's interim executive director, will serve as the organization’s managing director.

Together, the pair will join Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber in the newly created Office of the Chairman. Foye and Hakim will be responsible for managing the agency on a day-to-day basis. ‎Foye will lead key innovation and modernization initiatives, and Hakim will be responsible for the operations of the authority, including the implementation of Chairman Lhota’s recently announced New York City Action Plan for fixing the subways.

"Pat and Ronnie are veteran transportation professionals who together with Janno form the dynamic team the MTA needs at this moment. Pat and Ronnie will assume the day-to-day leadership of the MTA and ensure that our customers are always our first priority. The plan I recently introduced is ambitious, aggressive, and requires dedicated leadership ensuring operational excellence and long-term innovation - which is exactly what the team in the Office of the Chairman will provide," said Lhota.

Foye has been the Executive Director of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and President of PATH since November 2011. At the Port Authority, Foye led public-private partnerships helped advance New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s infrastructure plan, including the Goethals Bridge and the construction of a new Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport. Prior to joining the Port Authority, he served as Deputy Secretary for Economic Development for Governor Cuomo. Foye was a Mergers and Acquisitions partner at Skadden Arps and managing partner of the firm’s Brussels, Budapest and Moscow offices. He was Executive Vice President of AIMCO, a real estate investment trust and a component of the S&P 500. Foye served as President and CEO of the United Way of Long Island. He also served as a Board member of the MTA from 2010 to 2012.

Foye grew up in New York City and lives in Nassau County.

Hakim has served as Interim Executive Director of the MTA since January 2017. In 2015, she was named President of MTA New York City Transit, returning to the MTA after an earlier 23-year career at the authority. She previously served as the Executive Director of NJ TRANSIT for a year and a half, and nearly four years as Executive Director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.