The new MBTA General Manger/CEO Luis Ramirez, left, and Secretary of Transportation and MassDOT CEO Stephanie Pollack took questions from the media during a press conference at the State Transportation Building on Tuesday.
The new MBTA General Manger/CEO Luis Ramirez, left, and Secretary of Transportation and MassDOT CEO Stephanie Pollack took questions from the media during a press conference at the State Transportation Building on Tuesday. –Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe

The MBTA said Tuesday that a former General Electric Co. executive with no experience in public transit would be its next general manager, overseeing a network that handles more than 1 million subway, bus, and commuter rail rides a day.

Luis Ramirez is currently a consultant in the Dallas-Fort Worth area specializing in business turnarounds. He was chief executive of an industrial supplier to the power industry for nearly three years after working in energy-related positions at GE.

Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said Ramirez’s lack of transit experience was far from an obstacle to naming him for one of the most visible, pressure-packed jobs in state government.

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