New CEO for FirstGroup

Graham Sutherland has been appointed as FirstGroup CEO with effect from 16 May 2022. Sutherland was chief executive officer of KCOM Group, a LSE-listed telecommunications company, from 2018 until its sale to a Macquarie-managed infrastructure fund. Prior to this, he held a number of senior executive roles within BT Group, including as chief executive officer of the BT Business and Public Sector division, and chief executive of BT Ireland.

David Martin, FirstGroup executive chairman, says: “I am delighted to welcome Graham to FirstGroup. He has a strong track record in the delivery of critical services and in creating value for shareholders in rapidly evolving regulatory and technological environments. Graham joins at an exciting and important time for FirstGroup which is now a focused and resilient business with a strong platform from which to develop.”

Sutherland adds: “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to lead FirstGroup. With its prime positions in bus and rail, strong balance sheet and clear purpose, FirstGroup has many opportunities ahead and I look forward to helping shape its exciting future.”