John Njord, Executive Director Transportation
John R. Njord, P.E., Executive Director
Utah Department of Transportation
John Njord is a member of Governor Gary Herbert's cabinet serving as the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Transportation. He has been honored to hold this position since June 2001 under the direction of four outstanding Utah Governors. He leads a team responsible for the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of Utah's transportation system.
Mr. Njord has over twenty years of engineering leadership experience including several years of service with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee as Director of Transportation Planning for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. He has championed department efficiency improvements, innovative project delivery methods, the need for speed in construction techniques, and a focus on customer service.
In 2002, Mr. Njord was named "Utah Communicator of the Year" by the Public Relations Society of America. In 2004, he was President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). In 2005, he was the Chairman of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee. He also chairs the Connected Vehicle Executive Leadership Team.
Mr. Njord is a graduate of the University of Utah and a registered professional engineer.