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Clean Harbors Announces Retirement of James M. Rutledge, Vice Chairman and President

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NORWELL, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 30, 2016-- Clean Harbors, Inc. (“Clean Harbors”) (NYSE: CLH), the leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America, today announced that James M. Rutledge, Vice Chairman and President, has retired from the Company after 11 years of distinguished service. Mr. Rutledge joined the Company as its Chief Financial Officer in July 2005 and held that role through December 2015.

“Jim has been a significant contributor at both the Board and executive level for more than a decade,” said Alan S. McKim, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “He was instrumental in helping us manage our profitable growth during that time, as our revenues rose from approximately $700 million in 2005 to nearly $3.3 billion in 2015. His contributions within the finance organization were numerous. They included installing best practices across various functions, deepening our bench strength, improving our balance sheet, elevating our profile in the investment community and ensuring first-rate finance capabilities to support our strong growth trajectory from 2005 forward. His strategic insights and operational knowledge led to his election as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2011 and his appointment as the Company’s President in 2012. Jim’s financial acumen, deep executive experience and wise counsel have been important resources for the Board.

“On behalf of the Board and our entire company, I want to thank Jim for all he has accomplished and for all he has helped Clean Harbors to achieve during his tenure. We wish him well in his retirement and any future endeavors,” McKim said.

Prior to his service at Clean Harbors, Mr. Rutledge had a strong record of success as a senior financial executive at several leading global firms, including Rogers Corporation, Baldwin Technology and Witco Corporation. He began his career at Price Waterhouse & Company.

About Clean Harbors

Clean Harbors (NYSE: CLH) is North America’s leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services. The Company serves a diverse customer base, including a majority of the Fortune 500, across the chemical, energy, manufacturing and additional markets, as well as numerous government agencies. These customers rely on Clean Harbors to deliver a broad range of services such as end-to-end hazardous waste management, emergency spill response, industrial cleaning and maintenance, and recycling services. Through its Safety-Kleen subsidiary, Clean Harbors also is North America’s largest re-refiner and recycler of used oil and a leading provider of parts washers and environmental services to commercial, industrial and automotive customers. Founded in 1980 and based in Massachusetts, Clean Harbors operates throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit

Source: Clean Harbors, Inc.

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