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Viridor appoints new CEO

Viridor has announced that Kevin Bradshaw will be succeeding Phil Piddington as Chief Executive Officer in the coming months.

Bradshaw comes to Viridor with more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles, having previously been CEO of Northgate and Wyevale Garden Centres and Managing Director of Avis Budget Group.

Viridor CEO Kevin Bradshaw
Viridor CEO Kevin Bradshaw
Taking over from Phil Piddington, who will continue to support Viridor in completing various projects before transitioning to non-executive management, Bradshaw will lead the company in its business strategy of infrastructure investments in the energy-from-waste and polymer recycling markets.

Bradshaw commented: “I’m delighted to be joining Viridor at such an exciting time in the development of the business. Viridor has outstanding potential as a leading player in the circular economy and I look forward to working with KKR and the entire Viridor team to realise this.”

Chairman of Viridor, Ian Wakelin, said: "I am very pleased to welcome Kevin to the business. His impressive track-record in senior leadership and deep industry expertise will be invaluable as the business enters its next phase of growth.

“I would also like to thank outgoing Chief Executive Phil Piddington for his dedication and commitment over the past few years at a truly transformative time for the business."

Viridor was acquired by American private equity company KKR from Pennon Group in June 2020. KKR’s Joint Head of Infrastructure in EMEA, Tara Courtney Davies, said: “We welcome Kevin's appointment. His experience of delivering transformation and growth in complex, capital-intensive businesses will serve Viridor well in its continuing focus on strategic growth.

“With KKR’s support, Viridor is uniquely positioned to invest further and continue to build critical infrastructure, helping the UK meet long-term sustainability and environmental goals. We look forward to working closely with Kevin and the team to do so.”