Eno’s President/CEO Stepping Down
November 19, 2023|Karen Price
After nearly eight years at the helm of the Eno Center for Transportation, Robert Puentes is stepping down as President/CEO. During his tenure, Eno expanded its work across all modes of transportation policy and practice, launched new professional development programs, and provided valuable leadership and education through the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, Eno celebrated its Centennial where Eno celebrated its long legacy of innovation and impact.
“When Rob shared the news of his resignation, I felt a mix of sadness and gratitude,” said former U.S. Transportation Secretary James H. Burnley. “My time as Chair of the Eno Board of Directors coincided with his time at Eno, and I know firsthand that Rob made Eno much stronger and more impactful. Under his leadership, Eno returned to its place as the premier American transportation organization.”
Puentes and the Eno’s Board of Directors formed an Executive Search Committee to ensure a smooth transition to a new President/CEO. Details about the upcoming search will be shared as soon as they are available. For their part, Eno’s Boards and staff are committed to continue to work to fulfill the organization’s mission to shape public debate on critical multimodal transportation issues and build a network of innovative transportation professionals.
Eno Vice-Chair Diane Woodend Jones is chairing the search committee and noted, “We wish Rob nothing but the best as he embarks on his next endeavors. We thank him for leading and growing Eno into the stellar and stable organization it is today. He leaves us in a great place with a clear direction.”
The Eno Center for Transportation is a non-profit charitable foundation, founded in 1921 by William Phelps Eno, who pioneered the field of traffic management in the United States and Europe. Eno provides timely research and an independent voice on policy issues and publishes rigorous and objective analyses, including its flagship publication, Eno Transportation Weekly (ETW). Through its professional development programs, Eno cultivates creative and visionary leadership by giving public and private transportation leaders the tools and training they need to succeed together. Since its inception, Eno has instructed over 5,000 transportation professionals.
Puentes became the ninth President/CEO of Eno in April 2016. Since then, he led the creation of the organization’s new strategic plan, developed a strong bench of capable and talented staff, expanded funding to ensure the financial stability and longevity of the organization, and established myriad new research initiatives, leadership programs, and institutional partnerships.
“It has been my honor and great privilege to lead and grow this excellent organization,” said Puentes. “Eno has always been defined by its high standard of excellence, robust network, and sharp focus on impactful work. Our staff, boards, and partners are unified in their shared commitment to our mission, and today I am as certain as ever about its future.”
For more information on Eno, please visit https://enotrans.org.