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TransLink names interim CEO ahead of permanent hire later this year

Last Updated Jan 5, 2021 at 4:43 pm PDT

Gigi Chen-Kuo will take over as interim CEO of TransLink as the transit authority searches for a permanent replacement following the departure of current CEO Kevin Desmond. (Courtesy TransLink)

A temporary replacement has been named to head up TransLink

Gigi Chen-Kuo -- who's been with the organization since 1999 will be the interim CEO

She's replacing Kevin Desmond who announced he's leaving last year

NEW WESTMINISTER (NEWS 1130) — TransLink has named an interim CEO to head up Metro Vancouver’s transit authority until a permanent replacement is hired later this year.

Starting Feb. 5, Gigi Chen-Kuo will serve as the transit authority’s Interim Chief Executive Officer.

“We’re pleased to name Gigi Chen-Kuo as TransLink’s Interim CEO,” TransLink Board of Directors Chair Tony Gugliotta says in a release. “She has a great deal of experience in working with all elements of the TransLink enterprise, and that’s why she is the right person for this leadership role over the coming months. It’s important to have a seamless transition period as we are facing a number of key deadlines and projects in the first half of 2021 including preparing a new Investment Plan, continuing work on the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain project and the T2050 long-term plan, and advancing ridership recovery.”

Chen-Kuo is TransLink’s general counsel and executive vice-president of corporate services,  and she has worked for the organization since 1999.

READ MORE: Head of TransLink steps down as pandemic impacts ridership

Current CEO, Kevin Desmond, announced he would be leaving TransLink last October after being with the company for five years.

Desmond will be stepping down in February to return to the United States and seek out a new position.