Biffa has appointed of Andre Horbach as chief executive officer.
Horbach, 45, was most recently group chief executive of Suzlon Energy, a global wind energy business. He previously had a 19-year career as the European chief executive of the multinational US technology and services conglomerate General Electric.
He takes over from William Woodburn, a partner at private equity firm Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), who served as interim chief executive officer after Biffa was taken private through an acquisition earlier this year. A consortium led by GIP and Montagu Private Equity completed the Biffa acquisition.
The news follows the departure of Biffas external affairs director Peter Jones last month after 19 years of service.
Commenting on the appointment, Woodburn said: One of my most important responsibilities at Biffa has been to search for the right executive to lead the business forward. Once I became more familiar with Biffas strengths and opportunities, there was no question that Andre Horbach was the right choice to head Biffa.
His command of operations, strategic planning and commercial growth initiatives makes him the ideal candidate to advance Biffas ongoing missions of growth, higher operating efficiency and service quality.
Andre is an accomplished engineer and a proven manager with a distinguished record of not just successfully operating complex businesses but leading them to a whole new level of performance.
Horbachs appointment as Biffas chief executive is effective immediately.
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