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Metro names new vice president, announces citizen advisory group

David Morita

David Morita

The Metro transit agency announced Thursday that David Morita will join the organization as vice president of sales and marketing.

Morita will lead the marketing efforts for Metro as well as the agency’s tourism and hospitality businesses. He will assume his new role on Sept. 19.

Morita brings more than 20 years of domestic and international advertising, sales and marketing experience to Metro, according to a news release. He joined the Wal-Mart Corp. in 2005 as director of international marketing & advertising. He was promoted to senior marketing director for international marketing and became senior marketing director for financial services for Wal-Mart in 2008.

Prior to Wal-Mart, Morita spent more than a decade at the McDonald’s Corp. He started as senior marketing manager for international marketing. He grew in responsibility in the organization, eventually taking on the role of vice president of marketing, research, public relations and product development in Hong Kong. He also served as senior marketing director for McDonald’s Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa Group. During his time with McDonald’s, Morita was appointed director of Nagano Olympics and youth marketing, and was the lead person on McDonald’s sponsorship of the Winter Olympic Game in Nagano, Japan.

“We are very excited that someone with David’s impressive professional accomplishments is joining our dedicated team at Metro,” Metro President and CEO John Nations stated in the release. “We know David will leverage his extensive skills and experience to identify new opportunities to help fulfill the agency’s mission to improve the quality of life for citizens in the region though economic development and excellence in transportation.”

Morita graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in international relations.

In other Metro news, the agency also announced this week it will form a new Citizen Advisory Group that will provide another channel of communication between Metro customers and Metro leaders on public transit issues in the community.

The Citizen Advisory Group will be comprised of volunteers from the community who will be selected through an application process, according to a news release. Citizen advisers will meet with Metro leadership to provide feedback, share experiences and suggestions, offer input into transit decisions and communicate riders’ concerns and priorities in transit planning and operations, the release stated.

More details will be available next month, according to the release.

    Metro names new vice president, announces citizen advisory group

    David Morita

    David Morita

    The Metro transit agency announced Thursday that David Morita will join the organization as vice president of sales and marketing.

    Morita will lead the marketing efforts for Metro as well as the agency’s tourism and hospitality businesses. He will assume his new role on Sept. 19.

    Morita brings more than 20 years of domestic and international advertising, sales and marketing experience to Metro, according to a news release. He joined the Wal-Mart Corp. in 2005 as director of international marketing & advertising. He was promoted to senior marketing director for international marketing and became senior marketing director for financial services for Wal-Mart in 2008.

    Prior to Wal-Mart, Morita spent more than a decade at the McDonald’s Corp. He started as senior marketing manager for international marketing. He grew in responsibility in the organization, eventually taking on the role of vice president of marketing, research, public relations and product development in Hong Kong. He also served as senior marketing director for McDonald’s Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa Group. During his time with McDonald’s, Morita was appointed director of Nagano Olympics and youth marketing, and was the lead person on McDonald’s sponsorship of the Winter Olympic Game in Nagano, Japan.

    “We are very excited that someone with David’s impressive professional accomplishments is joining our dedicated team at Metro,” Metro President and CEO John Nations stated in the release. “We know David will leverage his extensive skills and experience to identify new opportunities to help fulfill the agency’s mission to improve the quality of life for citizens in the region though economic development and excellence in transportation.”

    Morita graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in international relations.

    In other Metro news, the agency also announced this week it will form a new Citizen Advisory Group that will provide another channel of communication between Metro customers and Metro leaders on public transit issues in the community.

    The Citizen Advisory Group will be comprised of volunteers from the community who will be selected through an application process, according to a news release. Citizen advisers will meet with Metro leadership to provide feedback, share experiences and suggestions, offer input into transit decisions and communicate riders’ concerns and priorities in transit planning and operations, the release stated.

    More details will be available next month, according to the release.

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