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Republic Services, Inc. named Jon Vander Ark chief operating officer (COO), effective January 1, 2018. As COO, Vander Ark will be responsible for operationalizing the company’s strategy and executing its business plan across its field operations.

Additionally, he will have functional responsibility for all operational support departments, including safety, engineering, environmental compliance and fleet management, which includes the seventh largest vocational truck fleet in the country. Vander Ark will continue to report to Don Slager, president and chief executive officer.

Prior to this appointment, Vander Ark was executive vice president, operations, responsible for maximizing Republic’s field performance, ensuring superior service delivery, and achieving financial and operational results across the Company’s operations in the eastern half of the U.S., which represents approximately $5 billion of Republic’s annualized revenues. Previous to this, he oversaw the western half of the company’s operations.

Prior to Republic, Vander Ark served as partner at McKinsey & Company’s Detroit office, managing clients across a variety of industries, including transportation, logistics, manufacturing and consumer products.

Published in the January 2018 Edition