People on the Move: Beep; RailPros; Transdev; Urban Engineers; Wendel

June 6, 2022
Personnel updates from around the transit industry.

Beep named Simon West as the company’s first chief experience officer. West will work across marketing, product management and experience design to extend Beep’s market leadership in autonomous transit by ensuring a world-class user experience across the company’s software and services. West brings more than 20 years of experience helping establish technology companies as leaders in emerging and high-growth market sectors.

RailPros has hired Daniel Carter as chief legal and people officer. He will oversee the company’s legal and human resources departments. Carter most recently worked at CIG Logistics, where he oversaw human resources and talent recruitment, as well as drove efforts to develop and implement ESG initiatives.

Transdev named Barbara Van Riper as associate general counsel for corporate and Nassau Inter-County Express. Van Riper brings more than 20 years of varied legal experience to Transdev. Most recently, she was the sole in-house associate attorney at Nassau Health Care Corporation but started her law career working at two different law firms in New York State. She worked at the Nassau County Attorney’s Office for 10 years where she was promoted to the Bureau Chief for Labor & Employment, where she supervised attorneys and represented Nassau County in federal and state courts, administrative proceedings, arbitrations and federal and state investigations.

Transdev also welcomed Tia Purnell as director of talent acquisition for Transdev U.S. Transdev describes Purnell as “a senior human resources leader with in-depth experience developing and implementing talent acquisition, talent development, change management and diversity and inclusion strategies.” Most recently, Purnell worked at Mercy Hospital as its human resources director. Prior to moving to Illinois, she worked in Massachusetts as the director of talent acquisition for a bank where she developed a strategy for diversity recruitment, enhanced their college internship program, launched their first Employee Resource Group and created internal training programs.

Urban Engineers has hired Daniel Comorre, PE, as a senior project manager in the firm’s project management oversight department in Los Angeles. He joins the firm with more than 30 years working for large transit agencies. Comorre previously worked as the deputy executive officer for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He also spent time as a senior civil engineer for the city of Los Angeles’s Bureau of Engineering.

Wendel named Jason Denue, PE, REP, as vice president, energy. He has been with the firm 14 years where he led the study, design and construction of energy conservation, renewable energy and electrification projects. Denue’s new role will see him responsible for the energy practice area with the objective of leading and growing Wendel’s national energy efficiency services.

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