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8/30/2019



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Metrolink appoints three to leadership roles


Left to right: Metrolink's Justin Fornelli, chief of program delivery; Jennifer Vides Hirsch, chief marketing and communications officer; and Don Filippi, chief of safety, security and compliance.
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Metrolink officials yesterday announced the Southern California commuter railroad has appointed the following to new positions: Justin Fornelli, chief of program delivery; Jennifer Vides Hirsch, chief marketing and communications officer; and Don Filippi, chief of safety, security and compliance. 

Fornelli has been promoted permanently to chief of program delivery after serving in an acting capacity. He will oversee the agency’s Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion Program and state-of-good-repair projects, Metrolink officials said in a press release.

Fornelli has more than 20 years of experience in freight and passenger rail. Prior to joining Metrolink in 2017, he was transit and rail program director at the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority

Vides Hirsch joins Metrolink from the Public Media Group of Southern California, where she was vice president of marketing, communications and brands. Vides Hirsch also has held senior level brand marketing and communications positions at Hot Topic Inc., the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica, the Gymboree Corp., Weber Shandwick and Burson-Marsteller. 

Filippi served as chief of safety, security and compliance in an acting capacity this year. Prior to joining Metrolink, he was chief operations officer and chief safety officer at the North County Transit District; senior transportation supervisor at the California Public Utilities Commission; and manager of operating practices at Union Pacific Railroad.



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