WASHINGTON (April 18, 1:40 p.m. ET) — As the new leader at the Environmental Industry Associations, Sharon Kneiss brings an important background of experience in both environmental issues and association management, according to the man who spearheaded the search.
Her experience in advocacy and public speaking also helped Kneiss win the president and CEO positions over more than 150 other people who had showed interest, according to Charlie Appleby, chairman of the EIA Board of Trustees.
Kneiss, who owns a consulting company, was named to succeed Bruce Parker as president and CEO of the trade group late last week and is slated to start her new job on June 1.
But the new leader will have her coming-out party at Waste Expo, the industry's largest annual gathering, in a couple of weeks.
“One of the things that attracted me to this position is what the association represents. The industry that it represents,” Kneiss said.
“The industry presents so many benefits for the country. I just thought it was fabulous when you look at the fact that they provide such an important public health service. They keep our communities clean. They enable recycling. Renewable fuel is a big part of the industry,” she said.
Kneiss brings three decades of experience to the job, including a stint from 2006 to 2009 as vice president of the products division of the American Chemistry Council. It was while she worked there that she was involved in a program aimed at improving plastic recycling along beaches in California.
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