People on the Move: Transdev, Beep and Dewberry

Feb. 9, 2023
Personnel updates from around the transit industry.

Lauren Skiver will join Transdev U.S. on March 10, 2023, as chief operating officer. She will have operational and fiscal responsibility for the vehicle services, non-emergency medical transport and rail businesses, along with responsibility for the maintenance, safety and security teams at Transdev. Skiver will report into Laura Hendricks, CEO of Transdev U.S., and will join the executive committee of Transdev U.S. She will work closely with Susan Sweat, who remains COO of the company’s transit division.

“We are excited to have Lauren join the Transdev team. We know that her extensive public transit experience and leadership, including her intimate knowledge of zero-emission buses and hydrogen fuel cell technology will provide exceptional value to our clients. We are thrilled to have an innovative industry thought leader like Lauren join our Transdev team,” Hendricks said.

Beep Inc. expanded its leadership team with the appointments of three transportation industry veterans: Katrina Heineking, Marc Klein and Alex Poirot.

Heineking joins the Beep team as executive vice president, operations, where she will oversee the company’s national operations, including deployment and commissioning, site management and vehicle operations. Heineking has more than three decades of transit experience, and Beep says she brings a unique blend of career perspective and skills, having worked in transit systems in both the public and private sector.

Marc Klein joins Beep as senior vice president, strategic accounts and smart cities. Klein has more than 20 years of experience delivering mobility and technology solutions across the United States. Klein was formerly vice president of national accounts and airports at Clean Energy Fuels Corp and a co-founder of The Vehicle Production Group LLC, which manufactured the MV-1, the first factory-direct wheelchair accessible vehicle to meet or exceed the vehicle guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Klein was named a White House Champion of Change award winner by President Barack Obama for creating innovative mobility, technology and sustainability solutions.

Alex Poirot joins the company as vice president, public policy and brings 13 years of experience in

mobility policy, serving in roles within federal and state government and the private sector. He was most recently corporate affairs director for Keolis North America and previously, he served as senior governmental affairs officer at the United States Department of Transportation under Secretary Elaine L. Chao and as acting associate administrator in the Office of Communications and Congressional Affairs for the Federal Transit Administration.

“I’m delighted to welcome Katrina, Marc and Alex to our leadership team,” said Beep CEO Joe Moye. “As we continue to experience unprecedented growth and impact within our industry, these seasoned leaders will help us scale our operations, build close strategic relationships with our largest customers and ensure we continue to work closely with state and federal government agencies on enabling the safe adoption and expansion of autonomous mobility solutions that help protect our environment, improve road safety and extend mobility to all.”

Dewberry has promoted Keith Itzler, PE, DBIA, to senior vice president. Itzler is an assistant branch manager for the firm’s New York City operation and serves as a leader in its facilities engineering group. With more than four decades of experience, Itzler is a member of the senior leadership team in New York, concentrating on facility engineering projects. As a senior project manager, he regularly leads multi-discipline teams delivering building, waterfront and rail projects. Itzler has supported projects across the region through both design-build and traditional delivery methods for private, state/local, and federal clients. He currently serves as Dewberry’s client manager for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Long Island Rail Road. In addition to project management, Itzler also serves as chief engineer of Dewberry’s national structural building design practice.

About the Author

Mischa Wanek-Libman | Editor in Chief

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the magazine’s editorial direction and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.