Derek Veenhof is executive vice president and chief operating officer, leading the management and growth of the company’s North American business with an annual revenue of approximately $1.7 billion. This includes responsibility for public sector service agreements, residential and commercial merchant waste procurement, energy contracting and metals management. He is also responsible for the direction, strategy and execution of global supply chain and operations for Covanta.
Mr. Veenhof joined Covanta in 1996 as a business manager. Since then, Mr. Veenhof has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility throughout the organization. From 2007 until 2013, he served as a vice president and then senior vice president, overseeing a $0.5B merchant municipal and commercial waste contracting and supply portfolio, as well as scrap metals commodity marketing and related growth efforts. Mr. Veenhof was promoted to executive vice president in late 2013 and assumed his current duties in early 2015.
Prior to Covanta, Mr. Veenhof worked in the environmental sector as a project scientist and consultant and was a research associate with Ontario Agricultural College, part of the University of Guelph and Canada’s leading agricultural research college. He is a published lead author and co-author of several peer reviewed research papers on the topics of land use, environmental impacts and waste management.
Mr. Veenhof holds both undergraduate and graduate (with distinction) degrees in Environmental and Agricultural Sciences from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.