Oakleaf Names New COO

East Hartford, Conn.-based Oakleaf Waste Management has appointed Santosh Rao to be the company’s new chief operating officer. For the past five years, Rao has been the CEO and owner of Performance Systems Inc., a manufacturer of racing superchargers.

“I am thrilled to have Santosh join the Oakleaf team,” said Steve Preston, president and CEO of Oakleaf, in a press release. “He brings to us deep leadership experience that will help Oakleaf stay ahead of the curve in a changing industry. Santosh will focus heavily on driving greater operational and technological sophistication in the business as we expand our services and further automate our operations.”

Oakleaf is a broker of solid waste services.