John Nations to Leave Bi-State Development This Fall

By on June 8, 2018

John Nations, President & Chief Executive Officer of Bi-State Development, has informed the Board of Commissioners of his intention to leave the organization, effective this fall.  Nations said he is announcing his intentions now because he wants the Board to have sufficient time to find a successor as well as ensure a smooth transition.  He has been President & Chief Executive Officer since 2010.

Nations, the former mayor of Chesterfield, was first approached to become President & Chief Executive Officer in 2009, and later agreed to lead the successful 2010 Proposition A campaign in St. Louis County to provide funding for public transportation. He accepted the top position at Bi-State Development in October 2010 and has become the longest serving President and CEO in Bi-State Development’s history. Prior to joining Bi-State Development, he was a business, economic development, and real estate lawyer for more than 20 years.

Bi-State Development Board Chair Constance Gully said, “John Nations has done a tremendous job as our leader and we are very saddened to see him leave.  He has been transformative for Bi-State Development and the entire St. Louis region.  His leadership has not only turned Metro Transit into a leader in the country in terms of efficiency and reliability, but he has made industry leaders out of all of our operating divisions while consistently leading Bi-State Development to clean financial and management audits.  It is an incredible record of success of which we are all very proud. I personally discussed with him our desire to see him stay and even offered to open a conversation to restructure his contract if necessary.” Nations said he is grateful for the support he has had from the Board of Commissioners and the region over the years and that his contract has never been an issue.

Board Vice Chair Michael Buehlhorn said, “John has brought new regional and national appreciation for the abilities and accomplishments of Bi-State Development.  He gets people to think differently about our challenges and opportunities. He has set a new standard for the company and the priority for the Board will be to continue that success into the future.”

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