Transdev duo move up to board
Transdev’s Vitto Pizzuti and Paul Turner have become the operator’s latest directors, moving up to the boardroom. Vitto is Transdev’s new Operations Director based in Harrogate, while Paul is the company’s new Commercial Director, based in Burnley.
Vitto’s new role combines responsibility for operational and engineering functions, a new departure for the man who became Transdev’s Head of Delivery in June 2018. He first joined the bus industry as a driver for Trent Barton in 2004, rising rapidly to become driver mentor, lead driver and detailer, before becoming General Manager at the company’s Sutton depot. He took over as Operations Manager at Nottingham, Trent Barton’s biggest depot, in 2016.
At the start of 2000 Paul began a 12-year career journey with consultancy The TAS Partnership, where he worked with many of the UK’s leading bus, tram and light rail operating groups. That led to a move to First’s Yorkshire-based business and commercial team in 2012, before becoming Transdev’s Head of Commercial Development two years ago.
Vitto said: “Bringing previously separate departments such as engineering and operations closer together to work and succeed is the holy grail in the bus industry – but at Transdev, we’re always ready to think differently about how we can do things better.
“We’re currently introducing a digital transformation of our engineering function, which we’re calling ‘Power Up’ – working with our Engineering Performance Manager Luke Stephenson, our executive team has recognised the need to modernise and share best practice across all of our locations.
“Starting with Harrogate, and then spreading across the company, we’re introducing a full-fleet digital management system, which will give our engineers the ability to carry out vehicle inspections electronically for the first time. We’re also investing in driver training and welfare facilities across the company this year and next, while out on the road, we’re preparing to launch new buses for York City Sightseeing, our Witchway Burnley and Manchester and the ever-popular Cityzap between Leeds and York.”
Meanwhile Paul is looking forward to the challenge of attracting customers old and new back to the bus, as demand for travel returns. Paul says: “We’re already working with key destinations, such as colleges, to explain how we can help with their return in the next few months. In the new normal, it’s not just about promoting our product – we now blend that with reassurance about safety and hygiene through our ‘Clean, Safe, Ready to Go’ campaigns.”