Steve Hopper President and Chief Operating Officer, Industrial Water & Regeneration Services Now leading Veolia North America’s Industrial Water & Regeneration Services businesses, Steve was most recently Executive Vice President, Industrial Business Group for Veolia Water Americas since 2010. In that role, Steve managed business operations, growth activities and technology development for industrial business in the Americas. He led strategy development and P&L activity for all industrial water service activity in North and Latin America, including conducting business with more than 100 industrial clients across all major sectors and establishing the business’s first references in Brazil and Chile. Strategic industries included refining, oil and gas upstream and mining/metals.
Prior to leading the Industrial Business Group, Steve was Vice President and General Manager of Veolia Water North America’s Process Solutions Division. He joined Veolia through the acquisition of USFilter in 2007, where he had held positions as Process Engineer, Project Manager, Area Manager, and Financial Partner/Ops Director since 1999.
Steve has strong practical operations and progressive business management experience in P&L management, operations & maintenance (O&M) management, fixed asset management, investment & risk assessment, service contract negotiations, business development, process engineering and construction management.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil & environmental engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. from the University of Houston. He is also active in participating in Executive Programs at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Bob Cappadona President and Chief Operating Officer, ESS and Industrial Canada In 1991, Bob joined Veolia Environmental Services as the Director of Regulatory Affairs for the company's hazardous waste management operations and resided in Flanders, NJ. In 1996, he moved to New England to become the General Manager for the branch operations in that area, and in 2008, he became the Vice-President of Service Operations for the Eastern region of the company. In 2012, Bob assumed responsibility for Veolia's operations in the Western Region. In 2014, he became the Senior Vice-President for the Environmental Solutions and Services (ESS) business of Veolia's Industrial business line. In 2015, his scope of responsibility expanded to include Veolia's environmental business lines in Canada. In 2016, he was named Chief Operating Officer of both the ESS business and Veolia’s Industrial offerings in Canada.
Bob started his environmental career in 1987 as an Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Engineer for the General Electric (GE) Company in Somerville, NJ. In 1989, he became the EHS Manager for GE's semiconductor manufacturing operations in the United States and Europe. While in this role, he experienced first-hand the falling of the Berlin Wall and the massive San Francisco earthquake and the environmental issues that ensued.
Bob is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan and has completed extensive graduate studies in toxicology at Michigan and environmental health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Most importantly, Bob is the proud dad of a son, Dominick. Bob is also an avid marathon runner (120+) and enjoys watching his son play soccer, hockey and baseball. Bob resides in The Woodlands, TX.
Bruce Rintoul Senior Vice President of Operations, Industrial Cleaning Bruce serves as the Senior Vice President of Operations for Veolia North America's Industrial Cleaning business. In this role, he leads safe, effective and efficient industrial cleaning programs that help customers manage costs and maintain compliance.
Before joining Veolia, Bruce was Chief Operating Officer of Strike Energy Services, an oilfield construction company focused on pipelines and facilities. With more than 20 years of experience, Bruce has held operational and executive positions at CEDA International, RSC Equipment Rental, The Churchill Corporation, and Philip Services Corporation.
Bruce earned a bachelor's of science degree in civil engineering at the University of New Hampshire and an M.B.A. at the University of Western Ontario.
Bob Cook Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology Serving as the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technology development, Bob leads the process engineering and technical development strategy of Veolia North America’s Industrial Business. With nearly 30 years of experience, Bob has worked with a variety of mining, metals, chemical and oil and gas operations to develop, implement, and optimize novel solutions.
In 1994, Bob formed his own company and served as Technical Manager, leading a team of chemical engineers. The company, Modular Environmental Technologies, Inc. (MET), developed a KOH regeneration process using a reaction crystallization technology. As a leading provider of byproduct recovery services for specialty chemical and refining industries, the company grew to 55 employees and generated $12M in annual revenues. In 2001, MET was acquired by Veolia to service industrial customers with differentiating technologies.
Bob also served as a process consultant for EnerTech and led the technical direction of a joint venture at Shaw Group (now CB&I). By 2006, Veolia had acquired Bob’s company and he elected to apply his background experience to helping Veolia North America solve challenging wastewater problems with a focus on byproduct recovery and water management in the Oil & Gas Industry.
Bob holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Calvin LeFevre Senior Vice President, Business Development, Sales & Marketing Calvin leads business development, sales and marketing initiatives for Veolia North America’s Industrial Business Group. The team covers day to day transactional business, as well as long term capital intensive, design, build and operate projects. Commercially, this means focusing on how Veolia North America’s know-how and technology can bring value to customer operations, and ensures that value is measurable on a daily basis.
Calvin was founder and president of Modular Environmental Technologies, Inc. (MET), a company acquired by Veolia in 2001, that focused on providing differentiating technologies as a service to industrial customers; MET was one of the founding blocks for Veolia North America Process Solutions Division and the architect of the long term asset based service offering. Prior to MET, Calvin was involved in a number of startup environmental and construction companies focused on applying differentiating technologies in Europe and the United States.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the United States International University in San Diego where he received a full soccer scholarship. Calvin moved from England to United States in 1979 and is now a proud Texan.
Mark R. Wagner, P.E. Senior Vice President of Operations Technical Support Mark currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Operations Technical Support for Veolia North America’s Industrial Business, including the Environmental Solutions and Services, Industrial Solutions and Services and Industrial Canada. In this role, Mark focuses on improving the efficiency, utilization and reliability of our operations through the optimization of our technical expertise.
Prior to his current role, Mark served as VP of Operations of the Industrial Water Services group and VP of Engineering Support. Before joining Veolia in 1999, he held a variety of technical and supervisory positions with BP in Engineering, Exploration & Production, R&D, and Oil Refining.
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Sanitary Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jim Pawloski Senior Vice President of Operations Jim serves as the Senior Vice President of Operations for Veolia North America's Industrial Business Regeneration Services group. In this role, he leads the operations of Veolia's Regeneration Services specializing in the recovery of sulfuric acid and gases of the refining process, which are regenerated into clean acid and steam used in wide range of industrial activities.
Before joining Veolia, Jim had a 30 year career at DuPont, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in operations, strategy, M&A, and business transformation. Jim spent five years managing DuPont's Clean Technologies business, which specializes in delivering innovative services and solutions to the refining sector.
Jim holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Executive Leadership Leadership Led by President and CEO Bill DiCroce, Veolia North America includes approximately 7,900 employees in the U.S. and Canada who are organized into two main businesses, Municipal & Commercial and Industrial. Our strategic vision is “Resourcing the world by being a trusted partner to deliver a sustainable tomorrow.”
Municipal & Commercial Business Group Leadership The Municipal & Commercial business is aligned to meet the interrelated challenges of water, energy and waste – serving the specific environmental needs of communities and commercial businesses.