Ko Named NYCT VP, CMO-Subway Car Equipment

Ko will provide executive oversight for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of NYC Transit’s 7,092 rapid transit cars, and for 24/7 operations of the agency’s 13 maintenance-of-way vehicles, two railcar overhaul shops and locomotive shops. Ko will also oversee Car Equipment’s Scheduled Maintenance System and maintenance material forecasts, “all of which have contributed to improved reliability and MDBF (mean distance between failures),” NYCT noted.

Ko started her career at NYCT as an Associate Engineering Technician after receiving her degree in electrical engineering from the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering (now called NYU Tandon School of Engineering) in Brooklyn. She has held multiple positions. As Assistant Chief Mechanical Officer-Quality Assurance and New Car Warranty, Ko provided direction on all maintenance, overhaul shop and new car procurement audits, all new car contract warranty programs and technology services that report key statistics on subway car performance, maintenance and repair.

“I am honored to accept this role,” said Ko. “Riders are returning to the subway system, and our team is as prepared as ever to deliver world-class subway service for millions of New Yorkers. I’ve spent more than 30 years with New York City Transit working to improve maintenance and reliability and I am excited to continue that work.”

“Having started with Siu in the 1980s as junior engineers in Car Equipment, I know firsthand her wealth of experience and knowledge makes her uniquely qualified for this leadership role,” said Craig Cipriano, NYC Transit Interim President. “Her decades of experience will help move us toward our goal of making subways faster and more reliable. Her appointment as the first woman to serve in the role of Chief Mechanical Officer furthers our commitment to diversify our leadership ranks and create opportunities for all.”

“Having worked with Siu, I know her to be a strategic and innovative thinker, broadening the responsibility of what the organization can achieve,” said Demetrius Crichlow, NYCT Senior Vice President of Subways. “She knows first-hand the value of aspiring and working hard to achieve personal goals. She is rooted in Car Equipment and has worked to strengthen those around her through coaching, mentoring and professional development. She is adept at communicating and relating to all levels of the organization, allowing for more inclusive ideas and practices for meeting our goals.”

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