Scott Leonard serves as the chief strategy and administrative officer.
Leonard oversees a broad span of functions, including Information Technology, Procurement, Programs (aviation, ports / maritime, public transportation, and rail), Engineering Procurement, Fleet Oversight, Human Resources, Research, and Real Estate Management & Development. Since joining TxDOT in April 2012, he has been responsible for driving a large series of transformational initiatives that are reducing TxDOT’s cost footprint, while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization. These major, agency-wide initiatives include reducing the size of the TxDOT vehicle fleet by 33%, revamping both individual and agency performance management processes, driving IT transformation, and restructuring many legacy procurement and HR processes.
Prior to TxDOT, Leonard spent seven years at Energy Future Holdings / TXU Corp, a Fortune 200 energy company. During his tenure, Leonard rose to the position of senior vice president of performance improvement and oversaw the development and execution of a significant internal restructuring program. Initially, Leonard served as the vice president of planning and performance management where he led the five-year planning process for TXU. Under his leadership, operational earnings per share rose approximately 400% and recurring earnings before income tax, depreciation and amoritization doubled to $5 billion. Leonard also served as the vice president of corporate development and strategy where his accountabilities included mapping out the overall corporate strategy, resolving key strategic decisions and issues, and setting specific priorities for growth, investment and acquisitions. Leonard acted as a core member of executive teams focusing on risk management, corporate initiatives, and transactional activities. In this capacity, Leonard played a key role in the negotiation and execution of the 2007 sale of TXU to Goldman Sachs, KKR, and TPG for $45 billion, the largest corporate buyout in U.S. history.
Previously, Leonard worked for McKinsey & Company, where he led corporate restructuring engagements for major, capital-intensive businesses in the energy, IT and transportation sectors. His initial work experience focused on capital investment and mergers and acquisitions for Heartland Capital Partners, a private equity firm, and the investment banking divisions of Morgan Stanley and Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette.
Leonard holds an M.B.A. with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).
Contact Leonard by phone at (512) 305-9508 or by email.