London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Board of Transport for London (TfL) confirmed the appointment of Andy Byford as London's new Transport Commissioner, following an international recruitment and selection process.
Byford's most recent role was President/CEO of New York City Transit Authority, where he was responsible for 50,000 staff and devised a $40 billion five-year investment plan to renew the city's transportation system.
He will join TfL on June 29, with the current Commissioner, Mike Brown, staying on until July 10 to hand over to Byford and aid his start in the role before he takes up a position overseeing the renovation of the historic Houses of Parliament.
Byford brings to TfL a track record of leadership and transformation within major urban transport authorities and has worked within a wide range of complex stakeholder and political environments in a transport career that has spanned over 30 years and three continents.
He takes up the post at a pivotal moment for the organization and for London as TfL works to help the capital recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and support a safe and sustainable re-start.