Edward Hodgson leaving Stagecoach after 30 years
Stagecoach South Managing Director, Edward Hodgson, is leaving the company next month after a career of more than 30 years with the business.
Edward joined the bus industry as a Travel Sales Clerk when he was 17 and started working for Stagecoach in 1989. He has been Managing Director of Stagecoach South since 2016, responsible for a team of around 1,200 people and a fleet of nearly 500 buses.
Before leading Stagecoach’s bus operation in the South of England, Edward was Managing Director of the company’s megabus.com inter-city coach business for Europe.
Edward, who was also previously Commercial Director at Stagecoach South, spent three years in the United States as Director of the megabus.com North America business in the late 2000s.
He returned to the UK in 2011 after being appointed Managing Director of Stagecoach West Scotland and in 2014 also took on the role of Managing Director of Scottish Citylink, Stagecoach’s joint venture coach business in Scotland with ComfortDelGro.
“The past 18 months during the pandemic have been incredibly challenging for everyone and I’m planning to take some time out before considering the next stage in my career” – Edward Hodgson
Edward said: “I have had a fantastic three decades with Stagecoach and it’s been a privilege to have been involved in so many parts of the business in the UK, mainland Europe and North America.
“Across all of the countries I’ve worked, I’ve seen how important public transport is to local communities. Every day, we get people to work, education, bring people to our high streets and help them enjoy their leisure time and meet up with family and friends.
“I’ve particularly enjoyed my time at Stagecoach South, working with so many great people and delivering fantastic services to our customers. I’d also like to thank the local authority officers, politicians and other stakeholders that I’ve worked with for their extensive support.
“The past 18 months during the pandemic have been incredibly challenging for everyone and I’m planning to take some time out before considering the next stage in my career. In the meantime, I’d like to wish everyone at Stagecoach well for what I’m sure will be a bright future for the industry.”
Stagecoach has started a recruitment process for a new Managing Director of the South regional company. In the interim, the business will be overseen by Rupert Cox, Regional Director – South of England.