SUEZ has announced that Nadine Leslie, a 25-year veteran in the international water sector, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Group’s North America subsidiary, effective September 1, 2019.
“With our SUEZ 2030 corporate plan, this is the perfect time for Nadine Leslie to become our next Chief Executive Officer in North America,” said Christophe Cros, SUEZ Group Executive Vice President in charge of Water Technologies & Solutions (WTS) and North America. “She is very capable of accelerating what works well for SUEZ and disrupting what needs to change. She is unique in her ability to translate vision and strategy into world-class execution, bringing together teams and ecosystems to drive results.”
Since joining SUEZ in North America in 2000, Leslie has held various management positions in the regulated, non-regulated and corporate markets departments. Leslie led the Internal Audit Department from 2009 to 2011 and was then appointed President of Environmental Services to manage the operations of 80 water, municipal and industrial wastewater service contracts, as well as solid waste treatment units in the United States and Canada. Since January 1, 2017, she has been Senior Vice President, Group Health, Safety and Security.
“She is a champion of the SUEZ winning spirit and has an incredible ability to inspire, energize, and connect with employees, partners, customers and elected officials,” said Cros.
In her new position, Leslie will be responsible for overseeing one of North America’s leading environmental companies, providing water and recycling and recovery services to 6.6 million people in the United States and Canada. In addition to owning and operating 15 water utilities, the company operates and manages more than 65 municipal contracts through innovative public-private partnerships. SUEZ is also the nation’s leading provider of long-term asset management contracts for water storage facilities, serving more than 4,000 municipal and industrial clients.
“This is a time when the environmental services industry is facing more disruption than ever, and I am confident in our ability to succeed in this new environment,” said Leslie. “I am convinced that SUEZ is a company making a difference and I am honored to lead us through our next chapter of growth. I will be focused on achieving new standards of operational excellence, collaboration, as well as the innovation that our customers need from us. Executing well on those elements is key to our success.”
In addition to her technical expertise, Leslie also shares the company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility. As a volunteer with Aquassistance, the humanitarian arm of SUEZ, Leslie went to Haiti shortly after the devastating earthquake in 2010, helping the government rebuild its severely damaged water infrastructure systems.
Leslie holds a B.S in Civil Engineering from the Faculté des Sciences in Haiti and completed an internship/scholarship program in urban planning at La Cambre University in Belgium. She is a member of the American Water Works Association, the International Water Association and the Technical Committee and Asset Management Program Advisory Committee of SUEZ.