Michael Huerta replaced by Dave Amoriell at ACS Transportation (PERSONNEL)
By Peter Samuel
Michael Huerta group president of transportation at ACS (Affiliated Computer Systems) is being replaced by Dave Amoriell, from IBM and Lockheed. Lynn Blodgett, ACS president and chief executive officer is quoted: "We are getting an exceptional and distinguished leader in Dave. His considerable experience and vision will allow him and our Transportation Solutions Group to address the complex transportation challenges facing governments around the world. We could not have a better leader to provide strategic and workable solutions for our transportation clients."
Before his appointment at ACS, Amoriell, aged 51 this year, was a General Manager for IBM where he helped develop the company's federal sector portfolio, which has heavily committed to homeland security programs. This line of business grew from $630 million to more than $1.1 billion under Amoriell.
"Key programs under his guidance included business transformation programs for the department of Homeland Security to systems integration programs within the Department of Defense, to complex IT outsourcing engagements at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to business consulting and software integration at the Internal Revenue Service," ACS says in a statement.
Huerta to continue as "consultant" to ACS
Huerta will continue to help ACS "in a consulting capacity," a spokesman told us. He has run the ACS transportation group since 2002. In the 1990s Huerta has various senior positions at USDOT including chief of staff, senior policy adviser, and manager of the office of the secretary. More recently Huerta has been under consideration for senior positions at USDOT in the new Obama administration.
Huerta has been active in IBTTA and is one of the toll industry's best known and liked characters.
ACS is the dominant contractor for back office operations for electronic toll collection. They manage E-ZPass accounts in some of the largest toll states such as New York and New Jersey. They also run the Bay Area FasTrak center in California. They also do front-end toll collection on a number of tollroads.
The group is a 1990s spinoff of Lockheed Martin and has its head offices in Washington DC.
ACS itself is based in Dallas TX and is unrelated to ACS the Spain-based concessionaire and international tollroad developer.
(OUR OPINION: It is ridiculous that two companies with the same name, ACS, operate in the same limited line of business. Surely these guys can negotiate a name change and rebranding? Or a merger? Meanwhile we'll have to distinguish them ACS-Texas and ACS-Spain.)