John C. "Jack" Pope
Independent Director since: 1997
Jack Pope has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of PFI Group, a private investment firm, since July 1994. Mr. Pope served in various executive operational, marketing, and financial positions, primarily in the airline industry, for almost 20 years, with his last position being President of United Airlines. Mr. Pope also served over nine years combined in Chief Financial Officer positions at American Airlines and United Airlines.
Mr. Pope has decades of experience serving on the board of directors of multiple major public companies, including through several major mergers, acquisitions and restructuring transactions.
Through Mr. Pope’s prior experience, he has developed extensive expertise and knowledge of management of large public companies with large-scale logistical challenges, labor-intensive operations, high fixed-cost structure and significant capital requirements, similar to WM. His background, education and board service also provide him with expertise in finance and accounting matters that allow him to contribute complex and valuable insights in the areas of financial reporting and controls, tax, investor relations and in the execution of large transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capital market offerings and corporate financing arrangements. Mr. Pope shares knowledge of governance and board oversight best practices developed as a member of other boards of directors. Additionally, through his tenure on WM’s Board, Mr. Pope holds a deep understanding of the environmental services industry and WM’s strategy to deliver stockholder value.
Mr. Pope has a master’s degree in finance from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied science from Yale University.
Mr. Pope is also currently lead director of The Kraft Heinz Company and a director of Talgo S.A., a Spanish train manufacturer. Mr. Pope recently served for nine years as Chairman of the Board of R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, a leading global provider of printing and print-related services, until its sale to a private investment firm in 2022.