Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that Chief Operating Officer Duriya Farooqui has accepted a position with management consulting firm Bain & Company, and will leave her role at the City of Atlanta on Jan. 31. Reed, who appointed Farooqui as COO in 2012 after she served as Deputy COO for two years, said he plans to name her successor in January.
“Duriya has a strong record of performance at the City and her focus on delivering concrete results was a vital part of my Administration’s success during the past four years,” Reed said. “She was invaluable in helping me restructure city operations to improve efficiency, grow our cash reserves, improve customer service, reduce major crime and implement initiatives such as pension reform and the 30-year agreement with the Atlanta Falcons. I am proud of her accomplishments and wish her the very best in her new position.”
“Working with Mayor Reed has been the highlight of my career,” Farooqui said. “His passion for Atlanta and determination to improve city services, strengthen city finances, and expand the quality of life of residents is unmatched. It has been an honor to serve Atlanta as Chief Operating Officer under Mayor Reed’s leadership and I am grateful to the members of his Cabinet and the Atlanta City Council for their support during my time with the City.”