Appointments round-up (12/01/22)

With news on: EMR appoints two from ELG Haniel Metals; Woolrych to leave Renewi after 10 years’ service; Norse Group appoints Adnams’ chief executive as chair; and, Stork joins KKR from BlackRock.

EMR appoints two from ELG Haniel Metals

EMR has announced the appointment of Jonathan Bower as commercial director and Matt Hunt as regional general manager of its non-ferrous division.

Mr Bower joins EMR having spent almost 30 years at stainless steel and alloy recycling firm ELG Haniel Metals Ltd, most recently in the role of EMEA chief commercial officer.

(l-r) Jonathan Bower, EMR’s new commercial director, and Matt Hunt, non-ferrous regional general manager

At EMR he will work with the company’s steelworks and foundry customers and maintain to continue the development of sustainable materials for these industries.

Mr Hunt also joins from ELG, where he was formerly vice president of EMEA operations.

“I would like to welcome Jonathan and Matt in to the EMR family,” Ian Sheppard, managing director of metal recycling at EMR, said.

“Both bring with them a wealth of experience in the metal recycling industry which will prove invaluable in the years to come.

“The ambitious commitments made in our sustainability strategy, which details our journey to becoming net-zero, can only be achieved with the support and dedication of the teams that they will join.”

Woolrych to leave Renewi after 10 years’ service

Renewi’s chief financial officer, Toby Woolrych, is to leave the waste management company on 1 April after nearly 10 years in the role.

Mr Woolrych joined the board of Shanks Group, the company’s predecessor, in September 2012 and was part of the team that created Renewi through the 2017 merger with Van Gansewinkel.

Toby Woolrych joined the board of Shanks Group in September 2012 (picture: Renewi)

Renewi said Mr Woolrych’s departure was a “mutual decision” taken as the company “delivers the next stage of its growth”.

Mr Woolrych said: “It has been a privilege to have been a part of the creation of Renewi and to have seen both its successful integration and now its strong performance, perfectly positioned as an enabler in the fast-growing circular economy.”

Renewi said its board had already begun a search process to recruit Mr Woolrych’s successor.

Otto de Bont, Renewi’s chief Executive Officer, said: “Toby has been instrumental to the creation of Renewi and to the transition from a waste collection to a waste-to-product company.”

Norse Group appoints Adnams’ chief executive as chair

Commercial local authority trading company Norse Group has announced that the chief executive of the Adnams brewery, Dr Andy Wood, is to become the chair of its board.

The Norse Group is owned by the Norfolk county council and brings together building consultancy services Norse Consulting, care provider NorseCare and facilities management specialists Norse Commercial Services.

Daventry council is among the authorities using Norse for waste collection services

Dr Wood places Fiona McDiarmid, whose tenure as chair came to an end after two years at Norse.

Having held several previous chair and non-executive positions, Dr Wood said his aim now was to help develop Norse’s “positive culture” further and build on the company’s commercial success.

On taking up his new role, Andy said: “I am delighted to be joining Norse at this important moment for the Group as it looks forward positively to the next few years.

“And I am extremely taken with Norse’s stated purpose – to ‘improve people’s lives.’”

Norse Environmental Waste Services, the waste services arm of the Norse Group, posted a loss of more than £1.4 million in the 2020/21 financial year, the third successive year of losses (see story).

Stork joins KKR from BlackRock

KKR, the owner of waste management company Viridor, announced this week that Ryan Stork had joined the global investment firm as a partner and chief operating officer.

KKR completed its £4.2 billion acquisition of Viridor from previous owner Pennon Group in July 2020 (see story).

Ryan Stork joins KKR from investment management company BlackRock (picture: Business Wire)

Mr Stork joins KKR from investment management company BlackRock where he held multiple leadership roles for more than 20 years, including most recently as deputy chief operating officer.

On his appointment, Mr Stork said: “I am thrilled to be joining KKR at such an exciting time for the organisation and look forward to partnering with colleagues globally to support the investment, technology and operating needs that will enable us to serve our clients even better.”

KKR said Mr Stork would provide “dedicated leadership” support across its human capital, technology, and operations divisions.

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