Republic Services’ CEO named on Forbes’ ‘Most Innovative Leaders’ list

Republic Services Inc., Phoenix, announced that CEO Donald Slager was recognized on Forbes’ 2019 America’s Most Innovative Leaders list. Slager ranked No. 43 of the top 100 innovators and visionaries, and is the sole recycling and solid waste services executive on the inaugural list. 

“This honor belongs to the entire Republic Services team,” Slager says. “Every day we responsibly collect and manage the nation’s recycling and solid waste. This is a dynamic and demanding business that requires an ongoing commitment to finding innovative solutions that protect our planet and keep our business profitable. Our team is relentless, reliable and always pursuing excellence.”

Slager has served Republic Services and its legacy companies for more than 30 years, starting his career as a teenager and working at all levels within the organization. As CEO since 2011, he has shaped the company into a unified American brand that stands for customer-focused simple solutions, reliability and environmental responsibility, the company says. Republic’s safety program reflects his commitment to ensuring safety for 36,000 employees and 14 million customers, a successful model that has raised the bar across the industry, Republic notes. 

“Under Don’s leadership, Republic has experienced steady financial growth while earning notable recognition for corporate responsibility achievements,” Manny Kadre, chairman of the board of directors for Republic Services, says. “Don has led by example throughout his entire career—driving innovation and creating a culture of sustainability and purpose for the company’s employees, customers and the communities Republic serves.”

Forbes’ 2019 America’s Most Innovative Leaders list measures four essential leadership qualities: media reputation for innovation, social connections and capital, track record for value creation and investor expectations of future value creation. Click here for more information on the methodology.  

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