New MDs appointed by Stagecoach
Stagecoach has appointed two new managing directors at its bus operations. Edward Hodgson, currently managing director, megabus.com Europe, will also take on the position of managing director, Stagecoach South, from 1 October 2016. This follows the promotion of previous Stagecoach South managing director Mike Watson to the position of regional director south.
Mark Whitelocks, currently operations director, Stagecoach East Scotland, has been appointed managing director, Stagecoach North Scotland from 1 October. Current Stagecoach North Scotland managing director, Steve Walker, was recently appointed managing director, Stagecoach North East.
Hodgson was previously commercial director at Stagecoach South before spending three years in the US in the role of director of megabus.com. He returned to the UK in 2011 after being appointed managing director of Stagecoach West Scotland and in July 2014 also took on the role of managing director of Scottish Citylink. In October 2014, he moved from West Scotland to take on responsibility for megabus.com Europe and, as managing director, led the rapid expansion of the megabus.com network within mainland Europe over the past two years.
Stagecoach confirmed earlier this year the sale of the retail part of the megabus.com business in mainland Europe to FlixBus and megabus.com continues to operate a number of European services on behalf of FlixBus.
Whitelocks came through Stagecoach UK’s Bus Graduate Development Programme and has previously held managerial positions at Stagecoach West and Stagecoach South West. In September 2013 he took on the role of operations director at Stagecoach East Scotland.
Robert Montgomery, Stagecoach UK Bus managing director, said: “I would like to congratulate both Edward and Mark on their appointments. Edward’s experience as both a regional company managing director and in leading megabus.com Europe over the past couple of years will stand him in good stead to take on this dual role. I believe he has the skills and experience to deliver growth and further customer improvements at both Stagecoach South and megabus.com and wish him every success.
“Mark’s career so far is testament to the development opportunities we have in place for young managers within Stagecoach. He has worked hard to gain experience at a number of our operating companies since joining as a graduate trainee and I have every confidence that he will continue on the good work previously done at our North Scotland business, working alongside our partners in the area, to deliver even better bus services for local people.”