Leading bus operator, Stagecoach West, has appointed Chris Hanson as its new operations director this August 2023.
Hanson joins the team from First Cymru Buses in Swansea, where he demonstrated career-defining skill and dedication and made a significant contribution to the company's success at a variety of different levels.
He began his career with First Bus as a driver, before moving up to head of operations at First West of England; operations director; and then general manager at First Cymru Buses.
With a track record of operational excellence, his focus at Stagecoach West will be on driving service delivery across the local network, which includes a number of key routes across Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.
Stagecoach West's managing director, Rachel Geliamassi, said: 'Chris’s deep understanding of the bus industry, his passion for service excellence and his people-first approach makes him an excellent fit for Stagecoach West.
'He is eager to bring his skills and experience to our team and help us to provide top-notch services to our customers in the west of England. We welcome Chris onboard and wish him every success as he embarks on this new journey with Stagecoach West.'
Hanson added: 'I am excited to be joining the fantastic team at Stagecoach West. I am looking forward to getting to know the team, our stakeholders and customers in the coming weeks and months; working to make our services across the west of England even better for our communities.'