Blue Bird (BLBD) names Britton Smith as company president

June 2, 2023 3:04 PM EDT

Electric and low-emission school bus company, Blue Bird Corporation (Nasdaq: BLBD) announced Friday that the automaker has appointed Britton Smith to president, effective July 1, 2023. Phil Horlock, Blue Bird president and CEO, will continue to hold the role of CEO after Smith’s appointment takes effect.

“Under Britton’s leadership, we have significantly expanded our market-leading position in electric school bus transportation,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO, Blue Bird Corporation. “As school districts across North America accelerate the transition to electric school bus fleets, zero-emission vehicles represent the most dynamic growth opportunity for Blue Bird for years to come. As president, Britton will focus his broad industry experience and leadership capabilities on Blue Bird’s entire portfolio of zero- and low-emission school buses. Our Blue Bird team, together with the best dealer network in the business, will continue to advance clean student transportation and shape the future of our industry.”

Smith joined Blue Bird in March 2022 as Senior Vice President of Electrification and Chief Strategy Officer. The appointment of Smith to President recognizes the increasing importance of electrification to Blue Bird’s growth strategy.

Shares of BLBD are up 3.53% in afternoon trading on Friday.

By Michael Elkins | [email protected]

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