Cleanaway CEO steps down

Cleanaway CEO to step down from top role as part of an "orderly leadership transition”.

Cleanaway Waste Management CEO and managing director Vik Bansal will step down from the top role as part of an “orderly leadership transition”.

According to a company statement, “Bansal has been with the company as CEO since August 2015, and given his tenure at Cleanaway, the board and Bansal have been discussing succession planning for some time.”

“The board and Bansal mutually agreed that it is the right time for Cleanaway to move forward under new leadership.”

Commenting on Bansal’s departure, Cleanaway chairman Mark Chellew thanked Bansal and his contribution in achieving a significant turnaround of Cleanaway over his period as CEO.

“Vik has led Cleanaway’s transformation and growth with enormous dedication, and it shows in the company’s financial results. We thank him for his service and wish him all the very best for the future,” Chellew said.

During Bansal’s tenure, the company delivered total shareholder returns (TSR) of approximately 300 per cent compared to the benchmark S&P/ASX200 Index of around 58 per cent.

At the same time earnings per share grew 21.8 per cent on a compound annual growth rate basis and the market capitalisation of Cleanaway increased more than fivefold to $5 billion.

Bansal said he is extremely proud of the transformation of Cleanaway into Australia’s leading waste management business.

“We have created significant value for shareholders through refocusing the business, consolidating under one brand, successfully integrating the ToxFree acquisition, and targeted investment in the best-in-class infrastructure, facilities, and extending our participation in the waste value chain.

“It is pleasing to leave Cleanaway extremely well positioned, with a good management team for further growth and success. I do believe, considering the point in the journey and exciting strategic choices in front of us, now is the right time to hand the baton across to a new leader.”

Bansal will deliver the Interim FY21 results, which are scheduled to be handed down on 19 February. As he winds back his executive involvement with Cleanaway, Chellew will take on additional duties as executive chair while a search for a permanent CEO replacement is conducted.

Chellew has been on the board since March 2013 and chairman since 2015. Chief financial officer, Brendan Gill, will delay his retirement and stay on in the role of chief operating officer to support Chellew and incoming CFO, Paul Binfield, in the period prior to the transition to a new CEO.

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