CDOT names new executive director

Updated Jan 31, 2015
Gov. John Hickenlooper.Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has named Shailen Bhatt the next executive director for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). He will assume this role in mid-February.

Bhatt will replace Don Hunt, who will remain at CDOT through the end of February. Once he officially leaves CDOT, he has plans to return to his project development and advisory firm, The Antero Co.

Bhatt most recently served as cabinet secretary for the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), where he directed a nearly $1 billion budget and managed 2,800 employees and the state’s transportation system.

“Shailen not only brings incredible transportation experience to CDOT, he is a known consensus builder who can continue to build the alliances and the transportation system Colorado needs to support our state’s economy and people’s lives,” Hickenlooper said in a statement.  “His experience in disaster recovery, transportation planning and innovative project delivery will help build on the successes that Don Hunt has led to improve safety and congestion on our roadways.”