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Executive Team

James M. Derwinski

CEO/Executive Director

Mr. Derwinski was appointed CEO/Executive Director by the Metra Board of Directors in 2017. He began his railroad career as a locomotive electrician with the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad which later became part of the Union Pacific Railroad and joined Metra as an electrician in 1997 and rose through the ranks in the Mechanical Department serving in progressively responsible senior leadership positions, including as Metra's Chief Mechanical Officer. In that role, he oversaw 650 employees responsible for the repair, inspection, cleaning and maintenance of the railroad’s 1,164 pieces of rolling stock used in commuter service. The department is also responsible for Metra’s fleet of  trucks and automobiles.

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