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PORT AUTHORITY NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF TUNNELS, BRIDGES AND TERMINALS DEPARTMENT

Date: Jun 16, 2017
Press Release Number: 116-2017

Diannae Ehler, a 33-year veteran who has spearheaded the Port Authority’s plans to upgrade the Port Authority Bus Terminal and help lead planning for its rebuilding, to replace Cedrick Fulton; Staten Island Bridges General Manager Roger Prince named new TB+T Deputy Director of Operations Mark Schaff, a 35-year veteran, named new General Manager of Port Authority Bus Terminal;

The Port Authority announced today that Diannae Ehler – a 33-year veteran who has spearheaded the agency’s efforts to upgrade the Port Authority Bus Terminal and help plan for its rebuilding since 2015 – has been named the agency’s new Director of Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals. Ms. Ehler will replace Cedrick Fulton, who is leaving the agency after 24 years of service to become President of MTA Bridges and Tunnels.

Ms. Ehler, who most recently served as General Manager of the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Lincoln Tunnel, will now oversee a department responsible for the operation and maintenance of one of the nation’s busiest transportation networks, including the George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, Bayonne Bridge, Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station. During her more than two years at the bus terminal, Ms. Ehler oversaw the Port Authority’s "Quality of Commute" initiative, which has resulted in better on-time performance and improved conditions for passengers.

"Diannae epitomizes the meaning of a true public servant," said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan. "Dealing with the myriad of issues Diannae faced operating and maintaining the aging Port Authority Bus Terminal has been a herculean task, and her knowledge and management expertise allowed her to tackle these challenges to the benefit of the hundreds of thousands of travelers who use the facility each day. I’m confident she will provide expert leadership to this department for years to come."

"Diannae is a consummate professional and has been a superstar in this agency," said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. "Diannae has risen to every challenge she has taken on for this agency, including significantly improving the operations of the Port Authority Bus Terminal for both passengers and the local community for the last two years through smart operational fixes and targeted investments. Her roll up the sleeves management skills and experience in handling a wide variety of projects will be invaluable as we complete two major bridge rebuilding projects, begin the most extensive rehabilitation ever undertaken at the George Washington Bridge and continue planning for a new Port Authority Bus Terminal."

"Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with a phenomenal caliber of professional staff who have worked tirelessly to advance our mission,” Ms. Ehler said. “I look forward to taking on this new challenge and continuing the work we’ve begun to ensure this agency provides outstanding service to the millions of customers who use our tunnels, bridges and bus facilities."

During Ms. Ehler’s 33-year career, she served in major management roles in Engineering, Port, Aviation and most recently Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals. Between November 2007 and July 2011, she was the Port Authority’s first General Manager at Stewart International Airport following the agency’s acquisition of the facility.

In addition to Ms. Ehler, several other major appointments were announced in the Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals Department. They are:

Roger Prince, named Deputy Director of Operations and Capital Program Delivery. Mr. Prince previously served as General Manager of the Staten Island Bridges for the past seven years, overseeing operations of the Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, and Outerbridge Crossing. Most recently, he oversaw the opening of the new Goethals Bridge, the first new bridge built by the Port Authority in 85 years, and the recent completion of the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program. He has been with the agency since 1985, and also worked in a broad range of positons in Aviation, Engineering, PATH and Project Management.

Mark Muriello, named Deputy Director of Transportation Development and Revenue Programs. Mr. Muriello, a nearly 30-year veteran, has served as Deputy Director since January 2015. Prior to his tenure with TB+T, he served in PATH, Port and Management & Budget departments. During his career, Mr. Muriello serves in a leadership capacity in a number of industry and national transportation organizations, including the E-ZPass Group, the Transportation Research Board, the I-95 Corridor Coalition, and the Alliance for Toll Interoperability.

Mark Schaff, named General Manager of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Mr. Schaff has served as Assistant General Manager of the facility since January 2015. He has been with the agency for nearly 35 years, and held roles of increasing responsibility at both the Lincoln Tunnel and Port Authority Bus Terminal during his career.

Gerard Lindenmeier, named General Manager of the Lincoln Tunnel. Mr. Lindenmeier, a 31-year veteran, served as Assistant General Manager of the Lincoln Tunnel since January 2015. He held numerous leadership positions in TB&T, PATH, and Aviation during his career.

Allison C. de Cerreño, named Deputy General Manager of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Previously, she served as Assistant Director of Policy & Business Programs since January 2015. In her eight-year tenure at the Port Authority, she has successfully managed an aggressive program of major capital investments, new business programs and practices, groundbreaking policy initiatives, and complex, mission-critical contracts.

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