Donald “Don” Slager began his career in the waste and recycling industry as a truck washer while still a teenager. Over the past three decades, he has worked his way up through the industry, amassing a wealth of experience delivering results to customers, while growing companies and shareholder value in a complex and volatile industry.
Today, Mr. Slager is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG), a role he assumed on January 1, 2011, after having served as President and COO from the close of the Company’s merger with Allied Waste in December 2008. Mr. Slager had previously served as President and COO of Allied Waste, where he played an integral role in ensuring the completion of what would become the first successful integration and merger of two leading companies within the waste management industry.
Since assuming his current role leading Republic, Mr. Slager was ranked as the “Top CEO” in the 2012 Institutional Investor All-American Executive Team rankings in the Business, Education and Professional Services sector within the capital goods/industrials category. He takes the responsibility that customers and the Company’s 30,000 employees have placed with him very seriously. Mr. Slager has overseen the growth of the Company, while adhering to a relentless focus on safety, service and sound environmental principles. Since becoming CEO of Republic, he has established strong rigor associated with the Company’s change management initiatives while shepherding throughout the organization a highly focused talent management initiative to retain, develop and attract the best team of employees.
Mr. Slager serves on the Board of Directors of UTi Worldwide, Inc., a non-asset-based supply chain management company that develops and implements client-centric, global solutions for international companies with unique supply chain requirements, and as a member of its Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance, and Risk Committees. He completed the Northwestern University Kellogg School Advanced Executive Program and holds a certificate from the Stanford University Board Consortium Development Program.