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John Kenning — Chief Executive Officer and President

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Chief Executive Officer and President John Kenning joined First Student in February 2022, bringing with him a wealth of experience managing fleet-based businesses and distributed workforces.

As leader of First Student, John continues to drive high standards and innovation, while overseeing the safe operation of more than 40,000 yellow school buses and a dedicated team of 50,500 employees across North America.

John’s career includes more than three decades of leadership experience and includes a proven track record of leading technological innovation, commercial excellence, and operational rigor to provide best-in-class services to customers. He joined First Student from G4S, a leading security services and technology provider, where he served as Regional Chief Executive Officer of Americas. Prior to G4S, John held senior management roles within several large companies, including president of commercial business at OfficeMax and president of North America commercial for ADT/Tyco International.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University, where he now serves as a member of the Advisory Athletic Board.

“Our school district partners and their families place a tremendous amount of trust in us to deliver safe and reliable transportation. At First Student, we never lose sight of the vital role we play in the lives of the children we serve. There is nothing more important than their safety, health and well-being. It drives our promise to care for students every ride, every practice, every day.”

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