Maryrose T. Sylvester
Independent Director since: 2021
Maryrose Sylvester formerly served as U.S. Managing Director and U.S. Head of Electrification for ABB Group, a global technology company, specializing in the areas of electrification, robotics, power, and automation, until 2020. There, she was responsible for ABB’s largest geographical market and the implementation of operational innovations. Ms. Sylvester also championed the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts and accelerated ABB’s Encompass Diversity program.
Prior to joining ABB Group, Ms. Sylvester spent more than 30 years at General Electric, where she held a number of leadership roles, including serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of each of GE Lighting, GE Intelligent Platforms, which focused on industrial automation, and GE Current, a digital power service business that delivers integrated energy systems. Ms. Sylvester was instrumental in launching the GE Women’s Network.
Ms. Sylvester is a strategic, growth-oriented leader with a focus on the areas of technology, innovation and automation. Through her prior experience, Ms. Sylvester has developed expertise in delivering technology-enabled and energy-efficient sustainable solutions. Ms. Sylvester provides experience and extensive knowledge of product development, marketing, technology and supply chain strategy to the WM Board. Ms. Sylvester has in-depth expertise in the area of improving energy efficiency in response to climate risk. Ms. Sylvester also shares insight from her prior experience to inform WM’s strategy to improve processes and drive efficiency through automation. Ms. Sylvester is passionate about advancing inclusion, equity and diversity and has expertise developing and driving such initiatives in the workplace.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in procurement and production management from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University.
Ms. Sylvester also brings valuable governance experience from her service on the board of directors of Harley-Davidson, Inc., Vontier Corporation, a global industrial technology company focused on smarter transportation and mobility, including alternative energy solutions, and Flex, Ltd., a global provider of services to original equipment manufacturers.