Executive Leadership Team

Jim Derwinski

James Derwinski

CEO/Executive Director

As CEO/Executive Director of Metra, Mr. Derwinski provides overall leadership and direction to all areas of Metra operations and administration to ensure that Metra achieves its vision, mission, goals and objectives. 

Kevin McCann

Kevin McCann

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. McCann became Metra’s Chief Operating Officer in July 2021. As COO, he leads all aspects of commuter railroad operations: Transportation, Mechanical, Engineering, Positive Train Control, Safety, Rules, Regulatory Compliance, Environmental Compliance, Operations Training, T&E Training and Certification.

John A. Milano

John Milano

Deputy Executive Director, Administration

Mr. Milano was appointed the agency’s Deputy Executive Director, Administration in February 2015. In this role, he is responsible for planning, developing, organizing and directing Metra’s administrative activities.

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Janice R. Thomas

Deputy Executive Director, External Affairs

Ms. Thomas was named Deputy Executive Director, External Affairs in March 2022. Among her responsibilities is serving as an effective communicator, strategic advisor and planner to the CEO. She oversees capital project delivery, special projects and key initiatives, solving complex issues demanding executive leadership.