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Progressive Waste Solutions restructures management team

Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. made the following changes to its organizational structure and senior management team, which reflects their Executive Succession Plan and supports the company’s unified approach to improved operational execution and commitment to disciplined capital allocation.

Tom Brown, senior vice president and chief operating officer, U.S. operations, retired on November 30, 2013. William Hulligan, president and chief operating officer, and Joseph Quarin, vice chairman and chief executive officer, will assume direct responsibility for the U.S. operations until January 1, 2014.

Dan Pio, previously vice president and chief operating officer, Canada, has been appointed to the newly created position of executive vice president, strategy and business development, effective immediately, reporting to Joseph Quarin.

Kevin Walbridge, vice president, Canadian operations, will assume responsibility for the Canadian region. Beginning in January, Walbridge’s role will expand and he will assume the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer for the company’s consolidated U.S. and Canadian operations.

Bill Hulligan will retire from his role as president and chief operating officer and become a senior advisor to Joseph Quarin effective January 1, 2014.

Joseph Quarin will assume the president’s role and become president and chief executive officer effective January 1, 2014. Ian Kidson continues in his role as chief financial officer, but also becomes executive vice president.

“Progressive Waste Solutions has evolved to the point where we can merge our U.S. and Canadian operations into a single leadership structure that will allow us to better leverage our size and scale to improve our strategic and operational execution,” said Joseph Quarin, vice chairman and chief executive officer, Progressive Waste Solutions. “In support of our unified organization, we are aligning our company into two groups, operations and strategy and business development. In addition to our existing corporate support functions, these two groups will be based out of the company’s headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario.

“Our operations group will be responsible for execution, including the sales and delivery of our waste, recycling and disposal products and services, improving our operational efficiency, along with ongoing outstanding customer care. The operations group will encompass the company’s operating regions in Canada, the U.S. south, and the U.S. northeast. Our strategy and business development group, led by Dan Pio, will work with our operations group and will drive the company’s long-term growth opportunities, including acquisitions and internal capital investments, with a commitment to improving the company’s return on invested capital through disciplined and strategic capital allocation.”