James E. O'Connor

Casella provides integrated solid waste, recycling, and resource management services in the northeastern United States.


James E. O'Connor

Retired Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Republic Services, Inc.

Mr. O'Connor was elected to the Board in July 2015. Mr. O'Connor served as Chief Executive Officer of Republic Services, Inc., a non-hazardous solid waste collection, recycling and disposal services company, from 1998 to 2011, and as Chairman of the Board of Republic Services from 2003 to 2011. Prior to joining Republic Services, Mr. O'Connor spent close to 30 years at Waste Management, Inc., a provider of waste management services, where he held various senior management positions. Mr. O'Connor is a member of the Board of Directors of Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America, where he serves on the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and the Canadian National Railway Company, where he chairs the board's Strategic Planning Committee and also serves on the Audit, Environmental & Safety and Finance Committees. Mr. O'Connor holds a B.S. in Commerce (concentration in accounting) from DePaul University. We believe Mr. O'Connor is qualified to serve on our Board due to his over 40 years of experience in the waste management industry, including extensive leadership experience, as well as experience serving on the boards of directors of publicly-traded companies in a variety of industries, including waste management, transportation and energy.

Independent Director