First adds new Chief Exec
FirstGroup announces Graham Sutherland has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer.
Graham will join the Board as an Executive Director and take up the role of Chief Executive Officer with effect from 16 May 2022. he appointment follows a search process led by the Nomination Committee of the Board.
Graham has a background of senior positions in the telecommunications industry, including Chief Executive Officer of the BT Business and Public Sector division, where he was responsible for profitable growth and led the integration of EE’s Business unit, creating a division with £4.6bn in annual revenues and 13,000 employees. he was also Chief Executive of BT Ireland.
“Graham joins at an exciting and important time for FirstGroup which is now a focused and resilient business with a strong platform from which to develop” – David Martin, FirstGroup Executive Chairman
David Martin, FirstGroup Executive Chairman, said: “I am delighted to welcome Graham to FirstGroup. He has a strong track record in the delivery of critical services and in creating value for shareholders in rapidly evolving regulatory and technological environments. Graham joins at an exciting and important time for FirstGroup which is now a focused and resilient business with a strong platform from which to develop. I am confident that Graham is ideally suited to take the Group forward and I look forward to working with him to maximise the widespread opportunities that exist for growth and sustainable value creation.”
“FirstGroup has many opportunities ahead and I look forward to helping shape its exciting future” – Graham Sutherland
Graham Sutherland said: “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to lead FirstGroup. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to drive the Group forward and deliver the vital services that are key to achieving society’s sustainability and economic goals. With its prime positions in bus and rail, strong balance sheet and clear purpose, FirstGroup has many opportunities ahead and I look forward to helping shape its exciting future.”