The HAKS Group Inc., a multi-disciplined, global construction management, engineering, architecture, land surveying and material testing firm headquartered in downtown Manhattan, has appointed Elliot "Lee" G. Sander, former CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York, as its new president and chief executive officer. Sander will be responsible for directing daily operations of HAKS' national and international offices, and will be working in tandem with chairman and co-founder Husam Ahmad, P.E., to expand the firm's global operations.
In addition to his leadership at the MTA, the largest public transportation and toll network in the Western Hemisphere, Sander's long resume of public-sector service includes commissioner of the New York City DOT, director of Transit for the New York State DOT, and deputy commissioner of the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal. Founder of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management and a founding co-chair of the Empire State Transportation Alliance, Sander currently serves as chairman of the Regional Plan Association, an independent planning organization that has played a vital role in the region's infrastructure and economic development. Prior to joining HAKS, he led the worldwide transportation practice of a large global architecture and engineering firm.
"HAKS is on an extraordinary growth trajectory due to its exceptional project delivery standards, commitment to customer service and emphasis on maintaining a dynamic, people-oriented and uniquely multicultural environment. I am particularly looking forward to directing an organization of this caliber, taking on major projects on a global scale while achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction and employee engagement," says Sander.
"Lee has an unparalleled record in delivering complex infrastructure projects on a global scale and has played a critical role advancing the downstate metropolitan area's transportation system over the past two decades. We are very proud to have him leading our team forward," says Ahmad.