Lhota replaces Shorris at NYU Langone

Joe Lhota. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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Joe Lhota has a new job.

The Republican mayoral nominee, who was soundly defeated by Bill de Blasio two months ago, will serve as the new chief of staff at NYU's Langone Medical Center.

The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Lhota, who previously served as deputy mayor for operations under Rudy Giuliani and ran the M.T.A. under Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will replace Anthony Shorris, who left the medical center to become deputy mayor for operations in Bill de Blasio's administration.

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In his new role, Lhota will oversee the medical center's business and emergency plans and will coordinate government outreach, wrote Dr. Robert Grossman, the medical center's dean and chief executive officer, in a memo sent out Friday morning.

“I am excited to join the talented leadership team at NYU Langone," Lhota said in a statement. "A true visionary, Dr. Grossman has bold plans for the organization, and I am look forward to taking part in what lies ahead for this great organization.”

Read the full memo below:

From: Dean & CEO Robert I. Grossman, M.D.

Sent: Friday, January 03, 2014 9:59 AM

To: NYU Langone Broadcasts

Subject: Joseph Lhota Named Senior Vice President, Vice Dean, and Chief of Staff

Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph Lhota as senior vice president, vice dean, and chief of staff, effective January 6, 2014.

In his new role, he will be responsible for helping to further align and integrate our hospitals and the School of Medicine. Joe replaces Tony Shorris, who left NYU Langone on December 31 to serve as first deputy mayor for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Reporting directly to me, Joe will assist in managing all activities associated with directing a complex academic medical center, and will serve as an advisor on issues of management and policy related to the strategic direction of the organization. He will also serve as a representative and ambassador to external constituents, including government and elected officials. Additionally, he will oversee our emergency preparedness efforts to ensure business continuity plans are developed throughout the entire Medical Center.

Joe brings over 35 years of managerial and policy-making experience to the position. Most recently he served as the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) before resigning to run for mayor of New York City in 2013. Prior to the MTA, Joe served as executive vice president of administration at The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), responsible for achieving MSG's overall growth strategy.

Additionally, between 2002 and 2011, he held several positions within Cablevision Systems Corporation, including executive vice president, corporate administration. Of note, Joe was also an integral part of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's core management team in New York City. From 1998 to 2001, he served as deputy mayor for operations, overseeing the day-to-day management of the city government. Before he was deputy mayor, Joe was the city's director, Office of Management and Budget, with responsibility for managing the city's $36 billion operating budget and $45 billion capital improvement program. He also served as commissioner of finance for New York City.

Preceding his municipal service, Joe spent 15 years in investment banking, serving as director of public finance at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) and as managing director at PaineWebber Incorporated, where he specialized in public finance, serving state and local governments throughout the United States. Joe graduated from Georgetown University, where he earned a bachelor of science in business administration, and received his master of business administration from the Harvard Business School. He serves as a trustee of the City University of New York and has been a director of First Aviation Services, Inc., since April 2002.

Joe's unique blend of corporate management and public sector leadership, in addition to his accomplishments as an executive in complex organizations, will make him a great asset to our team and important to our ongoing success.

Please join me in welcoming him to NYU Langone.

Best regards,

Robert I. Grossman, MD Dean and CEO