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Our executives are thought leaders in the environmental services industry. We have redefined the boundaries of traditional solid waste management through innovation, commitment to environmental stewardship, and the new paradigm of resource transformation.

John W. Casella

CHAIRMAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & SECRETARY

John W. Casella has served as Chairman of our Board since July 2001 and as our Chief Executive Officer since 1993. 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 Associate of Science degree in Business Management from Bryant & Stratton College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Castleton University.

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 35 years of experience as a senior executive with over two decades coming in the waste industry. During his career, Mr. Johnson also served on the Board of Attwoods, plc (NYSE:A), Able Telcom (Nasdaq: ABTE) and the College of St Joseph. Mr. Johnson received his MBA from Florida International University, his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Administration from Washington & Lee University, and is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida.

Edmond "Ned" R. Coletta

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER & TREASURER

Ned R. 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 an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University in Materials Science Engineering.

Shelley E. Sayward

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL

Shelley E. Sayward has served as our Senior Vice President and General Counsel since January 2021, and in various roles in our legal department since November 2006. She was previously our Vice President and Assistant General Counsel from September of 2014 until January 2021 and was 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.

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 degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont. He will retire on March 31, 2022 after a 20-year career with the company.

Paul J. Ligon

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

Paul J. Ligon was named Senior Vice President for Sustainable Growth in December 2019 and oversees our business development, sales, marketing, customer care, sustainability, and community engagement teams. From 2012 through 2019 Mr. Ligon led the development of our Solutions business focused on delivering sustainable services to commercial, industrial, and municipal customers. Prior to joining us, Mr. Ligon was a managing director for Waste Management’s Organic Growth Unit in Houston from 2003 through 2011 and a Senior Scientist with the Tellus Institute for Resource and Environmental Strategies in Boston from 1990 to 2001. Mr. Ligon earned his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont.

Sean M. Steves

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS

Sean M. Steves has served as our Senior Vice President of Operations since 2019. Mr. Steves joined us in April of 2018 as our Vice President of Operational Initiatives. From 2016 until he joined us in 2018 he was the Director of Operations Support for Republic Services. Mr. Steves has 25 years of Operations experience in the waste industry starting as a transfer station Scale Operator. He has held roles of increasing responsibility ever since, including Operations Supervisor, Operations Manager, and General Manager. Mr. Steves holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University with a concentration in Sustainable Management.

Kelley J. Robinson

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES

Kelley J. Robinson was named Senior Vice President for Human Resources in August 2021 after serving as Vice President of Human Resources since October 2017. Prior to joining Casella, Mr. Robinson held roles of increasing responsibility in Human Resources at various companies, including a decade with Waste Management. Mr. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Ithaca College and is a certified Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), while also holding an Executive Compensation certificate from Boston University.

Robert J. Cappadona

REGION VICE PRESIDENT, RESOURCE SOLUTIONS

Robert J. Cappadona has served as our Region Vice President of Resource Solutions since December 2019. In his current role, Mr. Cappadona is responsible for oversight of our Organics, Recycling, and professional services operations. From February 2011 through 2019 Mr. Cappadona served as Vice President for Casella Recycling. From March 2003 to 2011 he served as Casella Regional Manager of Northeast Recycling. Prior to joining Casella, Mr. Cappadona served in various recycling management roles from 1990 through 1998. Mr. Cappadona has over 30 years of experience in the waste industry, primarily in recycling. Mr. Cappadona received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts - Lowell.

Brian G. Oliver

REGION VICE PRESIDENT, EASTERN REGION

Brian G. Oliver was named Region Vice President for our Eastern Region in 2004. In his current role, Mr. Oliver is responsible for oversight of collection and landfill operations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. From 1998 until 2004, Mr. Oliver served as Eastern Region Controller after joining Casella as Division Controller at the Rutland Hauling Division in 1996. Mr. Oliver earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Bryant University, a Master of Science degree in Administration from Saint Michael’s College, and is a Certified Internal Auditor.

Michael T. Stehman

REGION VICE PRESIDENT, WESTERN REGION

Michael T. Stehman has served as Region Vice President for our Western Region since March 2020. In his current role, Mr. Stehman is responsible for oversight of collection and landfill operations in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. From January 2019 until March 2020, Mr. Stehman served as Western Region Vice President of Operations. Mr. Stehman joined Casella in 2014 as an Assistant Region Controller and was promoted to Region Controller in 2017. Prior to joining Casella Mr. Stehman spent a decade in the waste industry at Waste Management and Republic Services. Mr. Stehman earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Texas Tech University.

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