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Chris Hanson takes wheel at Stagecoach West for latest role

Chris Hanson - picture contributed
Chris Hanson - picture contributed
18 August 2023
Chris Hanson - picture contributed

Experienced bus industry executive and former driver Chris Hanson has taken the wheel at Stagecoach West, joining the company as operations director.

He was previously general manager at First Cymru Buses Ltd based in Swansea, Wales.

"Chris’ deep understanding of the bus industry, his passion for service excellence and his people-first approach makes him an excellent fit for Stagecoach West," said Rachel Geliamassi, the managing director at Stagecoach West.

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"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."

After beginning his career as a bus driver, Hanson then moved into leadership roles.

At First Bus, he demonstrated the broad skill and dedication, which has defined his career and contributed significantly to the company’s success during his time.

He spent over nine years at First West of England, where he held the positions of head of operations and operations director.

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Giles Gwinnett is a writer at The Business Magazine. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years and covered a vast array of topics at a range of media settings - in print and online. After his NCTJ newspaper training, he became a reporter in Hampshire before moving to a news agency in Gloucestershire. In recent years, he has been covering the financial markets along with company news for an investor-focused web portal. His many interests include politics, energy and the environment. He lives in Dorset.

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