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Gateway names interim executive director, chief administrative officer.

Byline: Jessica Perry

Trustees of the Gateway Program Development Corp. announced Friday they have named Frank Sacr interim executive director and hired Suma Mandel as chief administrative officer.

Sacr succeeds John Porcari, who has served as interim executive director since July 2016. He currently serves as interim chief finance officer for GDC, responsible for all funding and financing aspects of Gateway projects including advancing the procurement of the Hudson Tunnel Project.

Prior, he was with financial services company Societe Generale for 23 years, the last several of which he headed the bank's infrastructure financing team for the Americas.

Mandel joins GDC from Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp., where she served as general counsel and vice president of strategic partnerships.

There, she worked closely with the president, board, senior management, private partners and multiple city and state agencies through the transition from early-stage project to mature operating company, managing a successful, financially self-sustaining public park.

At GDC she is expected to oversee the organization's internal structure and day-to-day administration, as well as coordinate with project partners to ensure consistency and stability.

Sacr and Mandel are part of a leadership team that has grown in recent months and includes Stephen Sigmund, chief of public outreach, who joined GDC in May, and Diana Lopez, general counsel and secretary.

Staff from partner organizations Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey also play important roles in the operations and activities of GDC.

The Gateway Program said the recent appointments have the support of all partners and will further bolster the organization as it ramps up for the start of major construction on the Hudson Tunnel and Portal North Bridge Projects.

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Title Annotation:Gateway Program Development Corp.; Frank Sacr; Suma Mandel
Author:Perry, Jessica
Publication:NJ Biz
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NJ
Date:Feb 22, 2019
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