Leadership


James C. Fish

James C. Fish Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer

James (Jim) Fish, Jr. is president and chief executive officer for Waste Management. He is also a member of the Board of Directors.

Prior to becoming CFO in 2012 and his promotion to president in July 2016, he held several key positions with the Company, including senior vice president for the Company’s Eastern Group, area vice president for Pennsylvania and West Virginia, market area general manager for Massachusetts and Rhode Island, vice president of price management and director of financial planning and analysis. He joined Waste Management in 2001.

Before joining Waste Management, Fish held finance and revenue management positions at Westex, a Yellow-Roadway subsidiary; Trans World Airlines; and America West Airlines. He began his professional career at KPMG Peat Marwick.

Fish earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Arizona State University and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. He is also a certified public accountant.

John Morris

John J. Morris Jr.

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

As executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) for Waste Management, John Morris has responsibility for all field operations which includes oversight of collections, disposal, recycling, and landfills. He is a member of the Company’s senior leadership team and reports to Jim Fish, president and chief executive officer.

Morris has held several positions in his 20-plus years with the company including market area general manager of NYC, area vice president of Greater Mid-Atlantic Area, chief strategy officer, and most recently senior vice president, field operations.

John is a graduate of Rutgers University.

Devina Rankin

Devina A. Rankin

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

As the senior vice president and chief financial officer for Waste Management, Devina A. Rankin is responsible for all finance functions for the Company. She also has executive responsibility for the internal audit, investor relations, supply chain functions and business development. She is a member of the Company’s senior leadership team and reports to Waste Management president and chief executive officer, Jim Fish.

Rankin joined the company in 2002 and has held several corporate finance positions of increasing responsibility including assistant treasurer and treasurer.

Prior to joining Waste Management, Rankin was a member of the assurance practices of Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen.

Rankin has a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting from Texas A&M University and is a certified public accountant licensed in Texas.

Steven R. Batchelor

Steven R. Batchelor

Senior Vice President, Operations

As senior vice president, field operations for Waste Management, Steven (Steve) Batchelor has responsibility for all operations in the northern part of North America, including oversight of collection, disposal, recycling and landfills. He is a member of the Company’s senior leadership team, led by Jim Fish, president and chief executive officer.
 
He started at the company in 1997 and has held multiple field and corporate leadership roles including area vice president of Minnesota-Iowa Area, Illinois-Missouri Valley Area and most recently the vice president of collection and fleet operations.  Before joining Waste Management Batchelor held leadership roles at Browning Ferris Industries, Inc.
 
Batchelor has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.  

Charles Boettcher

Charles C. Boettcher

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Charles (Chuck) Boettcher is senior vice president and chief legal officer of Waste Management. He is responsible for all legal, corporate secretary, ethics and compliance, government affairs, corporate development and venturing, oilfield services, security and real estate functions. He is a member of the Company’s senior leadership team and reports to Jim Fish, president and chief executive officer.

Boettcher has previously served as the Company’s vice president and general counsel. Immediately prior to joining Waste Management, he was executive vice president, chief financial officer and general counsel of Dallas-based Oilfield Water Logistics, a produced water gathering, transportation and disposal company backed by private equity sponsor Natural Gas Partners.

Prior to that, Boettcher served for eight years as senior vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary of Houston-based Eagle Rock Energy Partners.

Boettcher received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota and a Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Tara J. Hemmer

Tara J. Hemmer

Senior Vice President, Operations

As senior vice president, field operations for Waste Management, Tara Hemmer has responsibility for all operations in the southern part of North America, including oversight of collection, disposal, recycling and landfills. She is a member of the Company’s senior leadership team, led by Jim Fish, president and chief executive officer.

Hemmer joined the company in 1999 and progressed through various leadership roles across North America including vice president of disposal operations, area vice president for the Greater Mid-Atlantic Area, and most recently senior vice president operations, safety and environmental compliance. She serves on the board of the Environmental Education and Research Foundation.

Hemmer graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Tamla Oates-Forney

Tamla Oates-Forney

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

As senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Tamla Oates-Forney has primary responsibility for the company’s human resources strategy including HR operations, employee relations, labor relations, HR information systems, compensation, benefits, culture, learning, talent acquisition, leadership and talent development. She is a member of the Company’s senior leadership team and reports to Jim Fish, president and chief executive officer.

Prior to joining Waste Management, she served in numerous positions during her 20 year career at General Electric including Human Resources Director for GE Africa, Chief Diversity Officer for GE Appliances and Lighting, and most recently, Vice President of Human Resources for GE Energy Connections.

Forney is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Nikolaj Sjoqvist

Nikolaj H. Sjoqvist

Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Officer

As senior vice president and chief digital officer for Waste Management, Nikolaj H. Sjoqvist is responsible for all digital and technology functions for the Company. This includes eCommerce and online self-service (wm.com), information technology, and advanced analytics and data management. He is a member of the Company’s senior leadership team and reports to Waste Management president and chief executive officer, Jim Fish.

Sjoqvist joined the company in 2012 and was previously vice president of revenue management with responsibility for pricing, disciplined growth planning, marketing and advanced revenue analytics. Prior to joining Waste Management, Sjoqvist was a consultant with McKinsey & Company’s marketing & sales practice, and he previously held a number of finance, pricing and technology positions with Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer in Europe and North America.

Sjoqvist earned a Bachelors in Business Studies from Oxford Brookes University in the UK, and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Michael J. Watson

Michael J. Watson

Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer

As senior vice president and chief customer officer (CCO) for Waste Management, Michael J. Watson leads the customer experience, sales, marketing, revenue management, and sustainability services organizations of the company. Responsible for the Company’s profitable growth strategy across all sales channels, Watson ensures the delivery of exceptional experiences across the customer’s journey. He is a member of the Company’s senior leadership team and reports to Waste Management president and chief executive officer, Jim Fish.

Prior to his role as CCO, Watson served as area vice president of the Illinois-Missouri Valley market area encompassing six states across the Midwest. Watson joined the company in 1992 and progressed through various leadership roles across North America including corporate and field-based positions.

Watson received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Indiana University and an MBA with honors from The University of Chicago – Booth School of Business.