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Linda Burtwistle Named President of First Student
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Linda Burtwistle Named President of First Student

February 1, 2009

CINCINNATI — FirstGroup America, the largest public transportation company in North America, today announced the appointment of Linda Burtwistle as President of First Student. First Student is the largest school bus transportation company in North America, carrying more than 4 million students safely on 60,000 yellow school buses to and from school each day.

Burtwistle joined FirstGroup America in January 2008, bringing 12 years experience in the transportation industry, most notably as Chief Financial Officer for Coach USA in Houston, Texas. Serving most recently as President of First Transit and First Services, leading service providers in public transit and large fleet maintenance, Burtwistle takes a wealth of experience to First Student.

“Linda will be a tremendous asset to First Student,” said Mike Murray CEO of FirstGroup America. “Her knowledge of the transportation industry and her focus on safety and customer service will further strengthen our team.”

Burtwistle resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

About FirstGroup America

FirstGroup America, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is North America’s largest transportation company. With 100,000 employees, FirstGroup America operates First Student, the largest provider of student transportation in the U.S. and Canada; First Transit, a leading provider of transit management and contracting services; First Services, the largest private sector provider of fleet maintenance services, and Greyhound bus lines. Parent corporation FirstGroup plc, is traded on the London Stock Exchange and serves more than 2.5 billion passengers each year throughout the UK and North America. For more information, visit

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