Ken Phipps, the executive director of finance and administration for the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), has been selected to become the deputy chief executive officer of the agency.
“Ken has a broad range of experience and financial expertise in the transportation industry as well as a comprehensive knowledge of OCTA’s programs, projects and services,” said Darrell Johnson, CEO of OCTA. “He skillfully helped guide our agency through challenging economic times and I am very confident in his ability to serve the people of Orange County in his new role.”
Phipps has worked at OCTA for 19 years, serving as the executive director of finance and administration since 2009. In that role he directed financial planning, budgeting, accounting, information technology, contracts administration and materials management, and general administration functions.
“Ken has done an outstanding job as a leader of OCTA’s executive team,” OCTA Chairman Greg Winterbottom said. “His high level of dedication and excellent leadership skills will ensure that Orange County remains a thriving place for all those who live, work and visit here.”
In the deputy CEO position, which is effective this week, Phipps will help to lead OCTA on local, state and national issues related to transportation programs and policies, and assist the CEO in coordinating all business, operations and management activities among the agency’s seven divisions.
“I’m honored to accept this new role and have the opportunity to contribute to OCTA’s long-standing tradition of delivering effective transportation solutions for our residents,” Phipps said. “It has been a privilege to serve as the executive director of finance and administration and as deputy CEO, I look forward to continuing to delivering on the promises we have made to the people of Orange County.”
Phipps earned a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from the California State University, Fullerton. He also attended Cornell University College of Engineering and completed the management development program at the University of Southern California.