Covanta, a sustainable supplies administration and environmental options supplier primarily based in Morristown, New Jersey, has appointed Tequila Smith as the corporate’s chief sustainability officer. Smith succeeds Paul Gilman, who retired from Covanta final month after 14 years with the corporate. She will report back to President and CEO Azeez Mohammed.
“We are very happy to welcome Tequila to the Covanta staff,” Mohammed says. “She is a dynamic chief whose experience will probably be invaluable as we search to advance our sustainability efficiency initiatives inside our increasing suite of providers. Tequila will function a guiding mild for the corporate as we glance to additional anchor our methods round innovation and social influence.”
According to a information launch from Covanta, Smith joins the corporate after greater than 20 years of working in varied roles with progressive scope and accountability at Southern Co., Alabama Power Co. and Georgia Power Co. She has hands-on senior management expertise in serving to industrial corporations have interaction on problems with sustainability at each a company and group stage.
Most lately, she served as vice chairman of sustainability for Georgia Power Co., the biggest subsidiary of Southern Co. There, she led the implementation of Southern Co.’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) technique. Before that, Smith was vice chairman of charitable giving and president of the Alabama Power Foundation and director of power providers for Alabama Power Co. She was additionally the overall supervisor for renewable power operations at Southern Power.
As Covanta’s new chief sustainability officer, Smith will probably be liable for the repositioning and execution of its sustainability technique in accordance with the corporate’s current acquisition by EQT. Smith will probably be targeted on amplifying the corporate’s sustainability achievements by the strategic coordination of packages and initiatives by the lens of ESG impacts.
“I’m proud to carry my expertise to Covanta at such a pivotal time in the corporate’s historical past,” Smith says. “I stay up for working with its proficient and devoted staff to offer sustainable, socially accountable and environmentally revolutionary supplies administration options to companies and communities.”
Tequila holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the place she sits on the board on the School of Engineering. She additionally holds board seats on the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Stonehenge Capital Community Development and HudsonAlpha Foundation. She holds a Master of Arts in communication research, particularly targeted on organizational management from the University of Alabama.