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James 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. 

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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.

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John A. Milano

John Milano

Deputy Executive Director - Administration

Mr. Milano was appointed the agency’s Deputy Executive Director for 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

Janice Thomas

Chief of Staff

Ms. Thomas was named Chief of Staff in December 2019. Among her responsibilities is serving as an effective communicator, strategic advisor and planner to the CEO. She oversees special projects and key initiatives, solving complex issues demanding executive leadership.

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Sue-Ann Rosen

Sue-Ann Rosen

General Counsel

Ms. Rosen was named as Metra’s General Counsel by the Board of Directors in February 2014. In this role, she leads Metra’s Law Department which provides legal guidance and support to the Metra Board, executive team and staff. 

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William "Skip" Benz

William "Skip" Benz

Chief Audit Officer

Mr. Benz was named Chief Audit Officer (CAO) in October 2017 after serving a year in that position in an acting capacity. He has also served as Metra’s Ethics Officer since 2013 and previously served as an Associate General Counsel.

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Win Buren

Win Buren

Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr. Buren was named Chief Human Resources Officer in October 2020. He oversees all human resources functions, including succession planning, talent development, performance management, benefits, compensation, employee engagement, talent acquisition and EEO. 

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Lynnette H. Ciavarella

Lynnette Ciavarella

Senior Division Director, Strategic Capital Planning

Ms. Ciavarella was named Metra’s Senior Division Director, Strategic Capital Planning in June 2011. In that role she directs an 18-member team that oversees the development and administration of the agency’s long-range plans, capital program and performance statistics.

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Vic Flores

Victor Flores

Chief Transportation Officer

Mr. Flores was appointed Chief Transportation Officer in June 2020. In this capacity, he is responsible for commuter operations on Metra owned and operated lines as well as those operated under purchase of service agreements with the BNSF and Union Pacific Railroads.

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Hilary Konczal

Hilary Konczal

Chief Safety and Environmental Officer

Mr. Konczal was named Chief Safety and Environmental Officer in November 2015.  In this role, he is responsible for the administrative oversight and management of Metra’s safety programs and initiatives, environmental compliance and industrial hygiene activities.

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Chris Krakar

Chris Krakar

Chief Engineering Officer

Mr. Krakar was named Chief Engineering Officer in January 2019. In his current role, he directs the planning, development, and organization of all Engineering Department activities. The Engineering Department is responsible for the design and maintenance of Metra's infrastructure, including track, signals, telecommunications, bridges and buildings.

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Joseph M. Perez

Joseph Perez

Chief of Police

Chief Perez, a decorated 28-year veteran of the Illinois State Police Department with a diverse service record, was hired in May 2014 to serve as chief of the Metra Police Department and lead its transformation into a modern, efficient and effective force.

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Steven Radecki

Steven Radecki

Chief Information Officer

Mr. Radecki was named Chief Information Officer in May 2020.  Prior to this role, Mr. Radecki was responsible for leading Metra through the business process, technology, and organizational transformation necessary to move Metra’s financial and payroll functions to Microsoft Dynamics’s AX Enterprise Resource Planning software (ERP).