Veolia welcomes new MD and CEO

Veolia Australia and New Zealand names new chief.

Veolia Australia and New Zealand has announced the appointment of Richard Kirkman as MD and CEO.

Kirkman’’s focus in the Australian and New Zealand region will be to achieve Veolia’s Impact ANZ 2023 strategic ambitions; pivoting the organisation to be a trusted partner for complex infrastructure solutions and influencing policy as an authoritative voice on challenges the region faces across water, waste, and energy.

Kirkman has a depth of experience in this area, having been a founding member of The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Council for Sustainable Business; a member of board of the UK Plastics Pact; and as a commissioner for the Green Innovation Policy Commission.

Since joining the Group via Dalkia as an environmental engineer in 1994, Kirkman has helped position Veolia at the forefront of technology and innovation and delivered the infrastructure to enable its expansion within the resource management sector.

After setting up Dalkia’s research activity in the Nordics in the late 1990s, he has held a number of senior Veolia commercial, operational and technical positions including technical director and head of technology.

Since 2015 he has held the role of chief technical and innovation officer for the United Kingdom and Ireland and his extensive remit within that role included material & energy sales, planning, construction, fleet and external affairs, as well as operating energy recovery facilities (ERF) and recycling facilities.

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