Bus Éireann announce appointment of Stephen Kent as CEO
Bus Éireann Chairman Aidan Murphy has today announced the appointment of Stephen Kent as Bus Éireann Chief Executive Officer. Mr Kent’s appointment follows the conclusion of an independent externally managed search process.
Mr Kent, from Tramore, Co. Waterford, has been Acting CEO at Bus Éireann since last August. This follows a five year period as Bus Éireann Chief Commercial Officer where Mr Kent has established a strong track record of driving both change, and commercial strategy. Prior to Bus Éireann, he held key management positions in C&C and Waterford Crystal, along with roles at Guinness Peat Aviation, Bank of Ireland and Waterford Foods.
The Chairman stated: “The Board has every confidence in Stephen to lead the organisation through the next phase of transformation and growth. Much has been achieved over the past year to improve our competitiveness and service quality. There is also much more to do, as the unrelenting competitiveness of the transport industry becomes ever more a reality for Bus Éireann, and being the preferred choice for our customers must be at the heart of our success.”
Mr Kent commented: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead and grow Bus Éireann on behalf of all our customers, stakeholders and employees who rely on us and want us to succeed. The challenges – and opportunities – ahead, are significant as we enter an increasingly competitive market for transport services. I am confident that by focusing on the core elements of safety, competitiveness and quality, we can succeed and win more business for our customers and employees - to continue a proud tradition of delivering Bus Éireann services nationwide.”
The appointment of Mr Kent as CEO follows the transformation of the entire Bus Éireann management team, with a mix of external and internal appointments in the past twelve months to all positions.
Mr Murphy added: “With confirmation of Stephen’s appointment, the Board and I now look forward to continuing to work together with Stephen and the leadership team to drive a new phase of growth and customer focus in our business.“
Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018