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AZ: Jack Besch Appointed to the Phoenix Sister Cities Executive Board

Jack Besch, assistant general manager for Veolia Transportation, was appointed to a one year term as treasurer for the Phoenix Sister Cities’ Executive Board. The appointment took place at the general board meeting on June 24. 

In his new role as treasurer, Besch will work closely with the CEO and chairman of the board, and will be instrumental in establishing budgetary guidelines and helping to insure the financial health of the organization.

Phoenix Sister Cities is a non-profit organization dedicated to, among other things, establishing and improving international business ties between Phoenix and the 10 affiliated cities around the globe. Veolia Transportation is a corporate sponsor for Phoenix Sister Cities and supports and sponsors multiple events annually including Mayor Stanton’s International Gala, the Global Links Business Luncheon, The Youth Ambassadors Exchange Program, and the International Writers/Artists with Disabilities Competition.

“We are very excited about Jack’s appointment to the Board”, said Katrina Heineking, Veolia Transportation general manager for the city of Phoenix transit contract. “’Veolia is proud to be a part of the Sister Cities organization and we’re proud of our employees who get involved and help to make a difference.”

Veolia operates 350 buses for the city of Phoenix, providing nearly 25 million passenger trips annually. Veolia has approximately 900 full time employees.

Besch joined Veolia Transportation as their director of finance and was subsequently promoted to assistant general manager in 2007 after relocating to the Phoenix area.

He served on the Arizona Governor’s School Bus Advisory Council in 2004-05 and participated in revising safety standards for Arizona’s school bus operators.

Besch is an avid supporter of the Susan G. Komen foundation to end breast cancer. He has participated in six 3-day, 60 miles walks since 2007. He and his team have raised in excess of $40,000 through their efforts.