MACON, Ga. (Nov. 9, 2023) – Blue Bird Corporation (Nasdaq: BLBD), the leader in electric and low-emission school buses, today announced the appointment of an accomplished sales leader to direct its strategic fleet sales operations. Blue Bird expands its fleet sales as it continues to grow its leadership in electric, propane, and gasoline-powered student transportation.
Jenna Van Harpen has rejoined the iconic school bus manufacturer as executive director of Fleet Sales after a nearly three-year stint as Sales Manager for Gillig, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses, where she specialized on clean energy vehicle sales. From 2014-2020, she held roles of increasing responsibility with Blue Bird in the areas of fleet and chassis sales, as well as alternative fuels. After her first appointment to Executive Director of Fleet Sales in 2018, Van Harpen oversaw a high-performing sales team generating exceptional sales and revenue growth. Prior to joining Blue Bird, she held various sales roles at Carter Machinery, Allstate Peterbilt Group, and Truck Country for six years.
“I am thrilled to welcome back top-performing sales executive Jenna Van Harpen to the Blue Bird team,” said Britton Smith, president of Blue Bird Corporation. “Jenna and her team will continue to meet and exceed the expectations of our valued fleet customers in North America. Fleet customers remain a corner stone of Blue Bird’s continued industry leadership and success.”
Van Harpen holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from the Minnesota School of Business.
About Blue Bird Corporation
Blue Bird (NASDAQ: BLBD) is recognized as a technology leader and innovator of school buses since its founding in 1927. Our dedicated team members design, engineer and manufacture school buses with a singular focus on safety, reliability, and durability. Blue Bird buses carry the most precious cargo in the world – the majority of 25 million children twice a day – making us the most trusted brand in the industry. The company is the proven leader in low- and zero-emission school buses with more than 20,000 propane, natural gas, and electric powered buses in operation today. Blue Bird is transforming the student transportation industry through cleaner energy solutions. For more information on Blue Bird's complete product and service portfolio, visit www.blue-bird.com.