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Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp. Names New Executive Director

Joseph Reposa succeeds Mike OConnell, who after 10 years of service, will retire later this month.

After an extensive six-month search, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (Resource Recovery) announced the selection of Joseph Reposa as its new executive director. Reposa succeeds Mike OConnell, who after 10 years of service, will retire later this month.

“"We are extremely excited to have Joseph as our new Executive Director,” Michael F. Sabitoni, chairman of the Board of Commissioners for Resource Recovery, said in a statement. “His significant industry experience and proven track record make him the ideal choice to lead our dynamic organization. I am confident that Joseph will take Resource Recovery into its next phase through thoughtful leadership, outreach, and collaboration."

Reposa has held top executive and management positions in sales, information technology and operations spanning environmental services and the retail industry. Most recently, Reposa served as the general manager for Waste Management and vice president of marketing for Sears Holdings Corp.

Reposa has his Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., and an MBA from Rice University in Houston. 

"I am looking forward to working with the Resource Recovery team, its partners and the communities across Rhode Island to continue to provide safe, environmentally responsible and sustainable solid waste services,” Reposa said in a statement.

As executive director, Reposa will be responsible for all facets of Resource Recovery’s operations, strategic direction, financial solvency, and long-term planning. He will assume the role effective June 19. 

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