Poole to Succeed Perry as Waste Industries Chairman

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

March 5, 2015

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Poole to Succeed Perry as Waste Industries Chairman

Ven Poole will succeed Jim Perry as chairman of Waste Industries USA Inc. beginning March 31.

Poole, currently CEO, takes over the leadership role from Perry, who was Waste Industries’ first employee 44 years ago, according to a news release from the Raleigh, N.C.-based Waste Industries. Perry will continue to serve as a director on the company’s board and serve as compensation committee chairman.

Waste Industries is making other changes with its senior leadership team as well, effective March 31. Greg Yorston adds the title of president in addition to chief operating officer; Steve Grissom will serve as senior vice president and chief financial officer; and Lisa Inman will be senior vice president and general counsel.

"For 44 years, Jim Perry has been at the core of the Waste Industries leadership team, and his years of hard work, his steady hand and his steadfast integrity have built Waste Industries into one of the most well respected organizations not only in the solid waste industry, but all industries across the U.S.," Poole said.

Since Waste Industries was founded in 1970, Perry has helped lead the company’s expansion of its service area to include Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, managing solid waste collection, recycling, and disposal for more than 1 million residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Waste Industries now employs more than 2,100 people full time, operating more than 900 heavy trucks, 16 recycling operations, 28 transfer stations and 20 landfills. The company posted revenue of more than $550 million in 2014.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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