School transportation provider First Student has appointed Laura Hansen area general manager of the company’s Alaska locations.

In this role, Hansen works closely with local management teams and oversees operations for locations, financial results, safety, and fleet and maintenance.

First Student officials said that Hansen brings in-depth knowledge of the student transportation industry. She began her career with the company in 1996.

Most recently, Hansen served as the senior location manager for First Student's Portland, Ore., facility. There, she was responsible for overseeing a fleet of 195 buses serving Portland Public Schools as well as providing support to several neighboring operating locations.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with Laura as she takes on this new role,” said Cal Hull, First Student senior vice president. “I have every confidence in her ability to bring our Alaska locations to a new level of performance and success.”

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