Keter Environmental Services, a full-service recycling and waste management company based in Stamford, Connecticut, has appointed Santiago Perez as CEO. Perez replaces Steven Schlussel, who founded Keter in 2011 and was president and CEO of the company until 2021.
Schlussel will retain his seat on Keter’s board and continue to be its chairman, according to a press release. He will focus on key customers and growing the company’s customer base.
Keter says Perez has over 30 years of experience in the industrial and technology services industry. He joined the company after nearly four years with Schneider Electric, where he served as Chief Commercial Digital Officer and Senior Vice President for Services and Solutions in the United States. Perez was responsible for accelerating the growth of the company’s digital IoT solutions in the United States and leading the company’s energy management and industrial automation activities as well as strategic customers and business transformation teams. customers in North America.
“Santiago is a proven leader and business builder,” says Schlussel. “[His] The experience in leading public enterprises, integrating acquisitions and managing sales and operations will be invaluable as we work together to chart a course for Keter’s future.
Prior to Schneider Electric, Perez held several leadership roles, overseeing the growth of various global companies during a 17-year tenure at Johnson Controls, including Vice President and General Manager Europe, Middle East, Africa and America. Latin. There he led the company’s sales, distribution, subcontracting and service operations. He was also vice president of global business lines and operations, leading the company’s global supply chain, product management, development and engineering. He began managing strategy and execution in Latin America for United Technologies. Perez currently serves on the board of directors of Itron Inc.
“Keter has built an enviable position for himself in an extremely competitive market,” says Perez. “I am energized by our team, our leadership, our objective and our offer. These are the building blocks that must be in place to successfully and rapidly scale a service company like Keter. ”
Perez’s appointment as CEO comes at a time of considerable momentum for Keter. Last week, the company acquired M-PASS Environmental, an Atlanta-based independent waste management and recycling solutions company. The acquisition follows the announcement in November of an investment in TPG Growth, the growth and mid-market equity platform of an alternative asset management company.
“We are delighted to welcome Santiago to a clear inflection point for Keter,” said BJ Loessberg, Business Unit Partner at TPG Growth. Steven and the team have put Keter on a formidable growth trajectory. Adding Santiago’s decades of experience in scaling and optimizing businesses in industrial services will allow us to continue to capitalize on growing demand for Keter’s full range of services, the Keter team and our clients will undoubtedly benefit from his leadership and expertise.