Bus Éireann will launch a new bus service in Waterford in the next few weeks.
The company is currently working with the National Transport Authority to finalise the rollout plan for the Waterford service.
Bus Éireann overcame five other bidders to secure the contract to provide public transport in Waterford city.
17 disabled-friendly and low-emission buses will be brought into operation.
Tramore’s Stephen Kent was appointed CEO of Bus Éireann last month. His appointment followed the conclusion of an independent externally managed search process.
He been acting CEO at Bus Éireann since last August, following a five year period as Bus Éireann chief commercial officer where he established a strong track record of driving both change and commercial strategy. Prior to Bus Éireann, he held key management positions in C&C and Waterford Crystal, along with roles at Guinness Peat Aviation, Bank of Ireland and Waterford Foods.
“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead and grow Bus Éireann on behalf of all our customers, stakeholders and employees who rely on us and want us to succeed. The challenges and opportunities ahead are significant as we enter an increasingly competitive market for transport services. I am confident that by focusing on the core elements of safety, competitiveness and quality, we can succeed and win more business for our customers and employees - to continue a proud tradition of delivering Bus Éireann services nationwide," Stephen said.
The appointment of the Waterford as CEO follows the transformation of the entire Bus Éireann management team, with a mix of external and internal appointments in the past 12 months to all positions.