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Updated: Horlock Returns to Lead Blue Bird

Phil Horlock is once again president and CEO of Blue Bird following the resignation of Matthew Stevenson, who the company said is leaving for personal reasons.

Stevenson joined Blue Bird in July 2021 with a background in private equity as well as in senior leadership positions with the likes of Meritor and Bridgestone, following Horlock’s announcement he would retire. Stevenson also assumed the CEO title that November when Horlock officially left. Stevenson will surrender his seat on the company board of directors.

On Wednesday, car and truck enthusiast manufacturer Holley announced Stevenson will assume the president and CEO role on June 6.

Horlock, who has served on the Blue Bird board of directors and will continue to do so, was the face of the school bus manufacturer from 2011 through 2021. He oversaw the company’s evolution of its Propane Vision school bus as well as the launch of the electric school bus line. He also introduced Blue Bird Capital Services to provide credit, financing, leasing and loans to customers.

“It’s an honor to be back at Blue Bird,” said Horlock in a statement on Monday. “We have an amazing team in place, and I am looking forward to building off the strong first-half performance and driving future growth at Blue Bird. I’m very excited to be rejoining our team in Georgia.

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