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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Atlanta cIty guvmint names interim COO

Duriya Farooqui
  • Duriya Farooqui
For the past two years, the top position in the Reed administration has been occupied, essentially, by a loaned executive. Peter Aman took a leave of absence as head partner in the Atlanta office of Bain & Co. to join the mayor in January 2010 for what was supposed to be a one-year gig as the city's chief operating officer.

(If Bain rings a bell, you're probably either the CEO of a multinational corporation who's hired the global consulting firm to restructure your company or you've read somewhere that it's where GOP non-frontrunner Mitt Romney made his rep as a business honcho.)

Anyway, Aman re-upped as COO for this year, but as of Dec. 9, he's outta there, so Reed needed to name a replacement. Although I haven't seen a press release yet, the word is out around City Hall, so I'm going to go ahead and out Duriya Farooqui as the new interim COO.

This will not come as a surprise to insiders. Farooqui has been deputy COO for more than a year now and, before that, she was in charge of the Office of Program Management (whatever that was) under Shirley Franklin.

I haven't heard that Reed has launched a search for a permanent COO, so I'm going to guess this is something of a probationary appointment and, if all goes well, the "interim" part will go away.

And for all you CEOs out there, Aman is now ready to restructure your multinational shizit.

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