WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration today named Paul J. Lennon the General Manager for its Mass Transit Sector. As general manager, Lennon represents the agency on issues involving mass transit and acts as the agency’s chief liaison with industry.
“Paul is a highly regarded counter-terrorism professional,” said John Sammon, TSA’s assistant administrator for Transportation Sector Network Management. “His experience was invaluable at top-level, counter-terrorism transit round-tables in the United Kingdom, Israel and the United States, as well as before Congress immediately following the London bombings in 2005. TSA is pleased to have someone with Paul’s breadth of knowledge and experience.”
Lennon joined TSA on November 20, bringing more than 40 years of experience in the transit industry. Most recently, he served as the director of intelligence and emergency preparedness management for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority. In this capacity, he managed the Los Angeles transit system’s security program and applied his expertise operationally in the assessment of intelligence from a variety of sources.
“The mass transit sector carries more than 14 million Americans a day,” said Lennon. “I look forward to the challenge of this position and am happy to have the opportunity to play a part in furthering security of mass transit nationwide.”
Lennon will work closely with state and local governments, the mass transit industry, employee groups, and other federal agencies to address security issues. His responsibilities include: managing a range of security programs, overseeing security assessments, sharing intelligence, administering training to sector employees, and developing relationships with mass transit stakeholders that facilitate information sharing. Ultimately, the mass transit sector general manager is the chief conduit on security issues between the federal government and transit systems throughout the nation. Strong communication is critical to the agency’s ability to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks. Lennon brings a wealth experience in all of these areas to TSA.