Leadership

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

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Leadership

John W. Casella
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Secretary

Mr. Casella has served as Chairman of our Board since July 2001 and as our Chief Executive Officer since 1993. Mr. Casella also served as our President from 1993 to July 2001 and as Chairman of our Board from 1993 to December 1999. In addition, Mr. Casella has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Casella Waste Management, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ours, since 1977. Mr. Casella is also an executive officer and director of Casella Construction, Inc., a company owned by Mr. Casella and his brother Douglas R. Casella, also a member of our Board, which specializes in general contracting, soil excavation and heavy equipment work, and which performs landfill-construction and related services for us. Mr. Casella has been a member of numerous industry related and community service-related state and local boards and commissions, including the National Recycling Coalition, Board of Directors of the Associated Industries of Vermont, the Association of Vermont Recyclers, the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce, the Rutland Industrial Development Corporation and the Rutland Regional Medical Center. Mr. Casella has also served on various state task forces, serving in an advisory capacity to the Governors of Vermont and New Hampshire on solid waste issues. Mr. Casella holds an A.S. in Business Management from Bryant & Stratton College and a B.S. in Business Education from Castleton State College.

Edmond "Ned" R. Coletta
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Ned Coletta has served as our Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since December 2012. Mr. Coletta joined us in December 2004 and has served most recently as our Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations. From 2002 until he joined us, Mr. Coletta served as the Chief Financial Officer and was a member of the Board of Directors of Avedro, Inc. (FKA ThermalVision, Inc.) an early stage medical device company that he co-founded. From 1997 to 2001, he served as a research and development engineer for Lockheed Martin Michoud Space Systems. Mr. Coletta holds a MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Science from Brown University in Materials Science Engineering.
Christopher B. Heald
Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer
Christopher B. Heald has served as our Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer since January 2013. Mr. Heald joined us in September 2001 and has served in positions of increasing responsibility, including most recently as our Director of Financial Reporting and Analysis from July 2010 to January 2013 and as our Accounting Manager from August 2002 to July 2010. Mr. Heald is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Vermont.
Edwin D. Johnson
President and Chief Operating Officer

Edwin D. Johnson has served as our President and Chief Operating Officer since December 2012. From July 2010 until that date Mr. Johnson served as our Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. From March 2007 until he joined us in 2010, Mr. Johnson served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Waste Services, Inc. Mr. Johnson has over 25 years of experience as a senior executive with 17 of those years in the waste industry. Mr. Johnson received his MBA from Florida International University, his BS in Accounting and Administration from Washington & Lee University and is a Florida CPA.

Shelley E. Sayward
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL
Shelley Sayward has served in various roles in the legal department since November 2006, most recently as our Vice President and Assistant General Counsel since September of 2014 and as our Associate General Counsel from September 2008 to September 2014. Prior to joining us Ms. Sayward held sales and marketing roles with GlaxoSmithKline and Abbott Laboratories, as well as a sales and managerial position with First American Financial Corporation. Ms. Sayward holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College, completed a four year law clerkship program and is licensed to practice law in the State of Vermont.