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Sharon H. Kneiss, the president and chief executive officer of the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) for the past four and a half years, has resigned.

During her tenure as the leader of the premier association in the waste and recycling industry, Kneiss led the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan to help the industry move the needle on safety, effectively communicate and educate about the industry’s priorities and champion legislation that helped to protect workers in the field.

In a letter to the NWRA board of trustees, Kneiss wrote, “After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that I have taken the association as far as I can to make it the most effective and respected voice of the industry. The timing is right for a new chief executive officer to take this special organization to the next level.”

The NWRA board of trustees will soon begin an executive search for Kneiss’ successor. In the interim, current vice president and general counsel Kevin Kraushaar will assume the role.

Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News