Cardiff Bus has appointed its first female managing director in its 110-year history.
In July, Cynthia Ogbonna was made interim managing director of the municipally-owned company in the wake of a damning tribunal report that prompted the resignation of former boss David Brown.
Cardiff Bus was ordered to pay £93,000 in compensation after a Competition Appeals Tribunal found its tactics had driven its rival 2Travel off the road in 2004.
In a statement issued yesterday, Cardiff Bus said Mrs Ogbonna, a married mother of two daughters, had been with the company since 2004 in the role of finance and administration director.
Mrs Ogbonna said: “I am passionate about Cardiff Bus, its employees and the role it continues to play in the daily lives of our customers and citizens of this modern European city.
“I am also very proud and excited to lead such a great organisation.
“My vision is to create an efficient and value-for-money bus operation that will rival the best in the United Kingdom.”
Councillor Ben Thomas, chairman of Cardiff Bus, added: “I am thrilled that Cynthia was successful throughout the entire selection process.
“She fought all the way through, which shows the drive and resolve needed for this position.
“She has the backing from the staff at every level within the company.
“Cynthia will be an asset as she brings all the attributes and skills needed to take the company into its next phase of development.
“Her passion and understanding of Cardiff Bus is second to none and her previous experience from roles held outside of the company, including senior management and directorship in the automotive and the wider manufacturing industry, are also beneficial to this role.
“The board are pleased with this appointment and we wish Cynthia well in her new role as she takes the company into its next chapter.”