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December 2, 2016

NWRA President Sharon Kneiss resigns

Sharon H. Kneiss, the president and CEO of the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), Washington, for the past four and a half years, has resigned effective Nov. 7, 2016.

During her tenure with the association, Kneiss led the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan to help the industry move the needle on safety, effectively communicate and educate about the industry’s priorities and champion legislation that helped to protect workers in the field, the NWRA says.

In a letter to the NWRA board of trustees, Kneiss writes, “After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that I have taken the association as far as I can to make it the most effective and respected voice of the industry. The timing is right for a new CEO to take this special organization to the next level.”

The NWRA board of trustees will soon begin an executive search for Kneiss’ successor. In the interim, current Vice President and General Counsel Kevin Kraushaar will assume the role, the association reports.

In other personnel news, Jessica Mayorga, NWRA senior director of communications and marketing, has confirmed that Chris Doherty, vice president and chief marketing officer, also has left the organization. He joined the NWRA staff in April 2015, having most recently led communications and investor relations at Pendrell Corp.