SUEZ selects Read as successor to retiring Eduljee

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK has announced that Adam Read has been appointed as its new External Affairs Director following Gev Eduljee’s decision to retire later this year.

SUEZ selects Read as successor to retiring Eduljee
Read, who is currently Practice Director at consultancy Ricardo Energy & Environment will take up the post in September, providing a month’s handover before Eduljee retires in October.

Eduljee joined SUEZ (previously SITA) in 2001 as Environment and Technical Director, becoming External Affairs Director in 2008. Over the past 16 years, he has become one of the most respected voices in the UK waste industry on legislative, technical and political issues and has been instrumental in coordinating SUEZ’s public policy work.

Commenting on his decision to retire, Eduljee said: “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to represent SUEZ and to work alongside colleagues in other waste management companies, trade associations, committees and advisory boards, to ensure that the true worth of our sector is appreciated, and nurtured, by government.”

Read has been at Ricardo (formerly AEA) since 2008. Between 2002 and 2009 he was also a visiting Professor of Waste Management at Northampton University.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to join SUEZ, and work closely with the leadership team on the future positioning of the business in the UK market,” said Read.

“SUEZ has been one of the leading waste management companies during the 20 years or so I have worked in the sector, and I am keen to get involved with all aspects of the business come September.

“The External Affairs Director role is one I have always coveted - being externally focused, market facing, and drawing on my academic and consultancy training, to engage in debates and help develop solutions. But they don’t come round often, so I jumped at the chance to discuss the role with David [Palmer-Jones, SUEZ CEO].

“I think the sector is changing, and at a speed faster than ever before, so I look forward to helping steer SUEZ through these changes; supporting the company’s clients; and helping to shape the sector as much as possible.”

Looking ahead to the change, Palmer-Jones said: “We look forward to welcoming Adam to SUEZ in September and I am sure he will prove to be a very strong addition to our leadership team. Although we will continue to benefit from Gev’s presence and experience over the next few months, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gev for all of his efforts over the past 16 years. Gev is a well-respected and immensely knowledgeable stalwart of our industry and has been an excellent ambassador both for the sector and SUEZ. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”

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