Elliot G. "Lee" Sander, who ran New York City's huge transportation operation under former state Gov. Elliot Spitzer (D), is rejoining engineering giant AECOM Technology Corp. on Sept. 1, according to an internal company memo.

His new position is managing director for global strategic initiatives. To be based in New York City, Sander will "develop and execute an integrated global strategy focused on new growth opportunities for AECOM in the world infrastructure market," says the memo.

Elliot G. "Lee" Sander

Sander resigned in May as CEO of the New York City region's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), reportedly under pressure by Gov. David Paterson (D), who last month named Jay Walder, who had worked on London's transportation network, as the agency's new combined chairman and CEO.

Sander, formerly a senior vice president at AECOM subsidiary DMJM Harris, is "one of the most respected experts on urban transportation in the world," says the memo.