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Jannet Walker Ford
Vice President and General Manager, Eastern Region
Cubic Transportation Systems
Jannet is vice president and general manager, Eastern Region, for Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS).
She has responsibility for overall performance of CTS programs in the region, including areas north and south of New York.
Her region includes Georgia where Cubic delivered Atlanta’s Breeze smart card-based regional fare collection system and continues to provide maintenance services, as well as Miami where the EASY Card system is a major Cubic project that is expanding under a contract to add major upgrades for cloud-based services that will support mobile and open payment technologies. Other customers include the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the Maryland Transit Administration, and Autoridad de Transporte Intregrado and the Metropolitan Bus Authority, the primary rail and bus public transport operators in Puerto Rico.
Jannet joined Cubic in March 2017 and is a key member of CTS president Matt Cole’s worldwide team. She shares parallel roles with three other regional general managers who together are responsible for scaling and growing the North American operation.
Her extensive background in the public and private sector has focused on aviation, rail, and transit systems, and she is known for her visionary and goal-oriented leadership style. Most recently, she was vice president and North America director of strategic programs and policy for Parsons Corporation and, previously, was the deputy program director for the Philadelphia International Airport’s multimillion-dollar, multi-year Capacity Enhancement Program – which at the time was the largest such program in the United States. She also served as both the deputy CEO/deputy general manager and the CIO for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), and oversaw the design and installation of the Breeze smart card-based regional fare collection system supplied by Cubic.
Jannet has held leadership roles in transit organizations including the American Public Transportation Association, the Women’s Transportation Seminar, and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials and is a member of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum. In 2012, she was presented the Professional Achievement Technology Award for Industry from the Women of Color’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference and received the 2006 Woman of the Year Award from the Technology Association of Georgia/Women in Technology. She has been recognized as an influential leader by several publications.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Memphis and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. Jannet has also completed significant coursework toward her doctorate in Information Systems at Nova Southeastern University.