Jon Vander Ark
Jon Vander Ark is President and Chief Executive Officer of Republic Services, Inc., an industry leader in environmental services. He is responsible for leading the Company’s strategy of sustainably handling customers’ environmental services needs. Representing over 35,000 employees across the United States, Jon is also charged with advancing Republic’s commitment to an inclusive and diverse culture.
From 2019 through June 2021, Jon served as President, where he was responsible for the Company’s ongoing transformation and continued growth, overseeing operations, sales, marketing and business development.
Previously, Jon served as Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for operationalizing the Company’s strategy and executing its business plan across field operations. He also maintained functional responsibility for all operational support departments, including safety, engineering, environmental compliance and fleet management, which includes the fifth largest vocational truck fleet in the country.
Prior to that, Jon was EVP, Operations, leading Republic’s field performance and ensuring superior service delivery. He led financial and operational achievements across the Company’s operations in the eastern half of the U.S., which represented approximately $5 billion of annualized revenues. Earlier he maintained the same oversight for the western half of the Company’s operations.
Jon joined Republic Services in 2013 as EVP, Chief Marketing Officer, where he was responsible for establishing the Republic Services brand and advancing its customer-centric service approach.
Prior to Republic, he served as a partner at McKinsey & Company’s Detroit office, managing clients across a variety of industries, including transportation, logistics, manufacturing and consumer products.
Jon serves on the Board of Chances for Children, a 501c3 organization that uplifts the children of Haiti through a variety of programs to encourage the movement of a community from survival, to stability and sustainability. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.