Joseph J. Lhota was appointed Chairman of the MTA in June 2017, returning to a position he previously held from January to December 2012. He also serves as Senior Vice President, Vice Dean and Chief of Staff at NYU Langone Health, a position he will continue to hold while serving as MTA Chairman.
Before joining the MTA in 2012, Mr. Lhota served as executive vice president, administration, for the Madison Square Garden Company, a division of Cablevision, where he was responsible for the development and execution of companywide human resources strategies, government affairs, information technology, and an array of corporate services.
He was New York City deputy mayor for operations under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, where he oversaw day-to-day management of the city, and supervised city agencies. He was instrumental in developing and implementing the innovative strategies and initiatives that accomplished the successful turnaround of the city, as well as its coordinated response, after September 11, 2001. Before being appointed deputy mayor Mr. Lhota was the city's budget director, managing the city's $36 billion operating budget and $45 billion capital budget. He also served as the commissioner of finance for New York City and was a board member of the MTA.
Prior to his government service he had a 15-year career in investment banking.
Mr. Lhota is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University and he received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.