02/03/2014 10:56 EST | Updated 04/05/2014 05:59 EDT

Mark Kristmanson named CEO of National Capital Commission

Mark Kristmanson is the National Capital Commission's new CEO, minister John Baird announced Monday.

​Kristmanson said he plans to work collaboratively with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, who last week asked the federal government to make the NCC more democratic with representatives of Ottawa-Gatineau on its board of directors.

Baird made the announcement at the Lester B. Pearson building. He said he hopes Kristmanson will reach out to Watson and Pedneaud-Jobin, as well as federal MPs in the capital.

Jean-François Trépanier had been serving as interim CEO since Sept. 25, 2012, when former CEO Marie Lemay stepped down to become a deputy minister.

More to come.