Waste Connections appoints new CEO
Ron Mittelstaedt returns from his leave of absence to the role of executive chairman of the board.
Derrick Bryant

Waste Connections appoints new CEO

Worthing F. Jackman adds CEO to his title, while Ronald J. Mittelstaedt returns from his leave of absence to assume the board chairmanship.

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Integrated waste management company Waste Connections Inc., headquartered in Toronto, has expanded President Worthing F. Jackman’s role with the company, appointing him to the additional role of chief executive officer. He also has joined Waste Connections' board of directors. Additionally, Ronald J. Mittelstaedt, the company’s former CEO, has returned from his temporary leave of absence and assumed the role of executive chairman of the board of directors, where he will assist in several areas, including culture, strategy and mergers and acquisitions.

"After almost 22 years, it's time for me to step away from day-to-day operations to provide sufficient time to address health matters affecting my family," Mittelstaedt says. "I am grateful to all of our stakeholders—customers, shareholders, lenders, vendor partners and, most of all, our employee family—for the trust they have placed in Waste Connections. I remain committed to the company and look forward to continuing to serve in my capacity as executive chairman. It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to lead Waste Connections, and I look forward to continued success for the company under Worthing, a trusted and respected leader in whom I have complete confidence."

Mittelstaedt founded Waste Connections in September 1997 and took the company public in May 1998 at approximately $30 million in revenue. Since that time, Waste Connections has grown to more than $5.3 billion in revenue, with an equity market capitalization of approximately $25 billion, delivering sector-leading total shareholder returns of approximately 4,000 percent. Under Mittelstaedt's stewardship as CEO and chairman, Waste Connections has become the third largest solid waste company in North America, expanding operations to 42 states in the U.S. and six provinces in Canada, with more than 18,000 employees serving more than 7 million customers.

"Few individuals have had as profound an impact on a company or created as much shareholder value as Ron and his team," says Michael Harlan, Waste Connections' lead independent director. "Ron has a track record of success that is unparalleled in the industry and has set the standard for excellence as a servant leader with a focus on culture and people. We are confident that he will continue to be impactful in his new role while also having greater flexibility to devote time to his family. We are grateful for all that Ron has done for the company, its stakeholders and the communities we serve, and we are extremely pleased that he will continue to serve as executive chairman."

Jackman has been involved with Waste Connections since its inception, originally serving as its investment banker. He joined the company in 2003 and has been a member of the senior executive team since 2004, when he assumed the role of chief financial officer. Jackman was promoted to president in July 2018 and has served as the company's principal executive officer since February.

"In the more than 20 years he has been affiliated with Waste Connections, Worthing has proven to be an outstanding business executive and leader, with a commitment to furthering the company's strategic vision and a relentless focus on growth, culture, execution, accountability and value creation,” Mittelstaedt says. “He has been instrumental in our success and is a respected member of the leadership team, both across the company and within the industry and the broader investment community. Our board has great confidence in Worthing, and we believe that he is the right person to lead the company."

Jackman says, "We have tremendous opportunities looking ahead. It is a privilege to lead a long-established team that is well-positioned to drive further shareholder value creation through the solid foundation built under Ron's leadership. And as a servant leader, I am especially humbled and have an unending commitment to serve the more than 18,000 dedicated employees whose tireless efforts are integral to the company's continuing success."