Jay H. Walder has enjoyed a distinguished international career, which includes more than 35 years working in transport, property and infrastructure in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Mr. Walder joined Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) as Chief Executive Officer in November 2018. VHO is the world’s leading company for the development of this revolutionary transportation technology. Designed to be safe, energy-efficient and reliable, it will serve passengers and freight at speeds up to 1,000 km/hr.
Previously, he was the President and CEO of Motivate International, the largest bike sharing company in the United States. Mr. Walder joined Motivate as new investors took over the struggling company at the end of 2014 and led a dramatic turnaround before its sale to Lyft.
Immediately prior, Mr. Walder was the Chief Executive Officer of the MTR Corporation in Hong Kong. He led the company to build a portfolio of rail and property related operations in Hong Kong, the Mainland of China, Europe and Australia. MTR Corporation shares are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Before joining MTR, Mr. Walder was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where he led the company through the 2009 economic crisis. From 2007 to 2009, he was a Partner at McKinsey&Company London where he was the Global Leader of the firm’s Infrastructure Practice. Prior to that, he was Managing Director, Finance and Planning at Transport for London, Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore.
Currently, Mr. Walder is on the Board of Advisors of the Taubman Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, on the Members Committee of Transit Wireless, an Advisor to Lyft and a Member of the Dubai Council for the Future of Logistics Services.
Previously, he was on the Executive Board of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the Executive Committee of the American Public Transit Association (APTA), a member of the Visiting Committee, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Fellow of the Hong Kong Management Association, and a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
Mr. Walder holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and BS in Economics and Political Science with Honors from Binghamton University. He completed the Executive Programme in Strategic Leadership from Templeton College at Oxford University.
Mr. Walder has dual citizenship in the USA and the United Kingdom and currently resides in Los Angeles.