“When things are going great in an organization like this, the CEO gets way too much credit, because it’s a team effort,” he said. “When things are going poorly, the CEO gets far too much blame.”
Original post: MARTA CEO and General Manager Keith Parker, who helped revive an agency on the brink of insolvency as well as the fortunes of mass transit in metro Atlanta, will step down from his post.
Parker will become president and CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia, MARTA announced Tuesday.
MARTA board Chairman Robbie Ashe said the agency will conduct a nationwide search for Parker’s replacement. The board is expected to name an interim general manager Thursday.
MARTA also announced it has named Arthur “Rob” Troupe - a former HNTB and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority executive - as deputy general manager.
“It was clear (Parker) had reached the stage in his career where he wanted to do something else,” Ashe told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday. “He wanted to new mountain to climb. Goodwill is that mountain.”
Parker served nearly five years as MARTA’s chief executive and is widely credited with turning around a troubled agency. When he arrived in in December 2012, it was hemorrhaging millions in red ink a year and was held in such low regard by state lawmakers and others that the prospect of expanding it seemed laughable.
Five years later, MARTA has more than $240 million in reserves. It's already expanded into Clayton County and is preparing an Atlanta expansion after voters approved a $2.5 billion sales tax measure last November. What's more, the General Assembly is discussing state funding of mass transit – a prospect that also seemed unlikely just a few years ago.
MARTA did not announce Parker’s departure date. He will assume his Goodwill Industries post this fall.
Goodwill of North Georgia’s current president and CEO, Raymond Bishop, will retire in October after 27 years of service. According to the organization’s 2015 tax return, Bishop earned $971,148 that year, plus $75,851 in additional compensation.
It was not immediately clear what Parker will earn at Goodwill. He makes $369,220 as MARTA’s CEO.
Troupe will report to MARTA Sept. 18. He will report to the interim general manager.
MARTA said both will work with Parker while he remains “to ensure a seamless transition.”
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