Donald W. Slager
Donald “Don” W. Slager is Chief Executive Officer of Republic Services, Inc., an industry leader in the recycling and waste services industry. The company generates $10 billion of annual revenue and operates one of the largest vocational fleets in the nation. Don has decades of experience in the industry, starting his career as a teenager and subsequently working at all levels within the organization. He has served Republic Services and its legacy companies for more than 30 years.
As CEO, Don has built a leadership team that has taken a holding company of hundreds of subsidiaries and shaped it into a unified American brand that stands for customer-focused simple solutions, reliability and environmental responsibility under its We’ll handle it from here.™ brand promise. Republic Services’ industry-leading safety program reflects his commitment to ensuring safety for 36,000 employees and 14 million customers, a successful model that has raised the bar across the industry.
Don and the Republic Services leadership team, alongside the company’s dedicated employees, are passionate about achieving the goal of becoming America’s preferred recycling and waste services partner. He has overseen the strategy, growth and strong performance of the company and delivered outstanding shareholder value with a relentless focus on safety, customer experience, sound environmental practices and good neighbor principles. Under Don’s leadership, Republic Services’ market cap has more than doubled.
In his career, he has served in a wide variety of leadership positions, including President and Chief Operating Officer of Republic Services prior to becoming CEO in 2011. He was President and Chief Operating Officer of Allied Waste Industries from 2003 until Republic Services’ acquisition of the company in 2008. Don held management roles of increasing responsibility at Allied (and formerly National Waste Services) from 1985 through 2008, including Senior Vice President of Operations, Region President, Area President and General Manager.
In addition to serving on Republic Services’ Board of Directors since 2010, Don currently serves on the Board of Martin Marietta, a leading supplier of aggregates and heavy building materials. He is a member of the Finance Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He also is a member of the Board of the Arizona Commerce Authority, and a governing board member of Together for Safer Roads, an innovative coalition that brings together global private sector companies across industries to collaborate on improving road safety. From 2009 until 2016, Don served on the Board of UTi Worldwide as Chairman of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and member of its Compensation Committee.
Don earned a certificate from the Stanford University Board Consortium Development Program and completed the Northwestern University Kellogg School Advanced Executive Program.