Jean-Dominique Mallet, who led Veolia’s UK waste operations for five years, has died aged 61.
Mallet, left, became chief executive of Veolia Environmental Services (VES) in the UK in 2007. He left last year after being appointed senior vice-president of VES in Paris.
During his tenure, VES’s profits surged as parent company Veolia Environnement struggled.
Mallet began his career in banking at Continental Illinois Bank in Chicago and BAII Bank in Paris before joining construction firm Compagnie Générale des Eaux.
He first joined the Veolia Environnement group in 1990 and was in the waste management arm of the company since 1995. Mallet was also executive vice-president of Veolia Propreté and headed up VES operations in northern Europe and Australia.
He served as chairman of the Environmental Services Association (ESA) from November 2011 to August 2012.
Estelle Brachlianoff, who took over from Mallet in August last year, said: “It is with great regret that I have to confirm that Jean-Dominique Mallet, my predecessor as chief executive officer of Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc, passed away on Sunday 7 July.
”During his time as UK CEO, Jean-Dominique played a pivotal role in moving our company forward and gave us a tremendous legacy. He also made a significant contribution to the sector both before and during his chairmanship of the Environmental Services Association, which was sadly cut short by illness.
”I am sure his many friends within the industry in the UK will join me in offering our sincerest condolences to his family and his colleagues at this time.”
ESA director general Barry Dennis said: “We were all sad to learn of the death of Mr Mallet. He served the association well in his term of office as chairman and we valued his contribution not only during that period, but throughout his time on our board. We offer our condolences to his wife and family.”
The executive director of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), Nick Reeves, has also died suddenly.
Reeves led the Institution since 1998, and was a campaigner for a zero waste economy. CIWEM Trustee Board chairman Jim Oatridge said: “CIWEM has lost a tireless advocate for the environment, and an enthusiastic, committed and visionary leader.
“Nick’s energy at the helm of the Institution was an inspiration to us all. We will honour his memory by continuing to strive for a sustainable, resilient world - the work that Nick was so passionate about.”