Phil Horlock has been Blue Bird's CEO since April 2011. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Horlock served as Blue Bird's President and CEO until July 2021, as well as CFO and Chief Administrative Officer, starting in January 2010. Before joining Blue Bird, Mr. Horlock spent over 30 years with Ford Motor Company, where he held senior executive positions in Finance and Operations worldwide. His last three positions with Ford were Chairman & CEO of Ford Motor Land Development, Controller of Corporate Finance, and CFO Ford Asia Pacific & Africa.
While at Ford, Mr. Horlock served on the Advisory Board of Mazda Motor Corporation and is currently a director on the board of LoJack Corporation (NASDAQ: LOJN). Mr. Horlock holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Mathematics from Sheffield University in England. He also completed the Ford Executive Development Program (Capstone) through the University of Michigan. Mr. Horlock has been selected to serve on the board of directors of the combined company because of his automotive and school bus industry experience and the results that he has achieved with Blue Bird during his tenure.