Covanta selects executive vice president of safety, operations and engineering

Adel Omrani spent more than 20 years at General Electric Co., where he held numerous leadership and senior operational roles across the U.S., the Middle East and Africa.

Covanta, a provider of sustainable materials management and environmental solutions based in Morristown, New Jersey, has appointed Adel Omrani as executive vice president of safety, operations and engineering. He will report directly to President and CEO Azeez Mohammed.  

According to a news release from Covanta, Omrani will oversee waste-to-energy operations in North America. There he will work to optimize safety performance and invest in technologies that will enhance the company's infrastructure and ability to support the growth of its zero-waste-to-landfill services.  

"With more than 25 years of deep operational experience in transformative markets around the globe, Adel is an exceptional addition to the Covanta team," Mohammed says. "His expertise in leading cross-functional teams, managing a high-performing workforce and delivering operational excellence is perfectly matched for our strategic efforts to grow and leverage Covanta's unique zero waste-to-landfill solutions."  

Before joining Covanta, Omrani spent more than 20 years at General Electric Co. (GE), where he held various leadership and senior operational roles across the United States, the Middle East and Africa. Most recently, he served as regional president and CEO of GE Gas Power, where he oversaw all commercial and operational aspects of a 20-gigawatt installed base power generation equipment and services business. This included planning and executing more than 700 maintenance events per year across more than 20 countries.   

Before this role, Omrani served as chief operating officer and chief commercial officer for various power generation and services business units within GE. He began his career as a design engineer with GE Aviation and later advanced to the role of general manager for contractual services in Africa for GE Power & Water.  

"I couldn't be more excited to join Covanta at such a pivotal time in its history," Omrani says. "Covanta is an extraordinary company with an exceptional team and portfolio of services that is unmatched across the industry."  

Omrani holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute.