Total shake-up at Onyx Environmental Group

Onyx Environmental Group has implemented a major overhaul of its UK operations with the creation of two new managing director posts and the departure of two senior figures.

Keith Riley, who had led the company’s most famous contract in Hampshire under Project Integra, has been promoted to managing director of Onyx Total Waste Management’s southern region. His opposite number in the north, which is thought to include Birmingham, will be Tom Spaul, formerly managing director of Total Waste Management.

The company is yet to publicly announce details of all the changes which have also seen the departure of OEG’s marketing director and former Tory MP Graham Riddick. Also gone is Tom Riall who headed up the company’s municipal division.

The changes have been instigated by Michel Gourvennec who took over as chief executive earlier this year replacing Edouard Dupont-Madinier. Mr Gourvennec has been seeking to ensure the company’s diverse businesses worked more closely together.

The bringing together of Onyx’s businesses under the umbrella of Onyx Total Waste Management is thought to be Mr Gourvennec’s solution to the challenges faced by the company. Its UK operations have recently been knocked by SITA which won the contract for Surrey and Onyx’s parent company Vivendi has also lost the Connex South Central rail contract.

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