Veolia ANZ appoints Danny Conlon as CEO and Managing Director

Veolia Australia and New Zealand farewells CEO and Managing Director Doug Dean and announces successor
After 27 years of successfully leading Veolia Australia & New Zealand, CEO & Managing Director, Doug Dean has retired and stepped down from his position, effective 30th June 2018.

Veolia thanks Doug for his significant contribution to the business over the last three decades and we wish him all the best in his retirement and future endeavours. We are pleased, however, to announce that Doug will take on a consulting role with Veolia, providing strategic advice and governance support for the organisation as needed.

Over the last 27 years, Doug has been instrumental in cementing Veolia’s position as a leading provider of environmental solutions. When Doug started with Veolia, then Collex in 1991, the organisation was a waste transport business with more than 500 employees. Today, Veolia is an industry leader, employing over 4000 people across 200 locations throughout Australia and New Zealand. During his tenure, Doug oversaw a period of sustained growth and expansion, achieved through numerous successful acquisitions and joint ventures across the region. As a result, Veolia has built its capability across the water, waste and energy sectors and now serves an impressive array of industrial, municipal and commercial clients.

The transformation of Veolia over the past 27 years marks many professional and personal highlights for Doug. In 1998, Veolia, then Collex, engaged in its first indigenous employment partnership for the construction of the Botany Transfer Station in NSW. This initiative made the organisation one of the first corporate entities to provide hands-on employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians. 

The acquisition of Middlemass Industrial Services, Aqualine Australia and Vactech from 1998-2000 expanded the  business into industrial services, working with heavy industries including mining, refining and off-shore exploration and processing. Providing the opportunity to participate in the mining boom In Woodlawn, 250 km south of Sydney, ambitious plans to turn an abandoned mine into a bioreactor landfill with rail transportation of waste from Sydney was visionary and required not only leading technical solutions, but robust political engagement to create a new regulatory environment. Perhaps though the true highlight has been the success of Veolia’s community engagement. When the Veolia Mulwaree Trust was established in 2005, it offered a unique model of collaboration and investment in a regional community.  In 2014, Veolia embarked on its biggest transformation to date; combining business lines across water, waste and energy into a single business. 

Veolia is pleased to announce Danny Conlon has been appointed as Veolia’s CEO and Managing Director, effective July 1st, 2018 and will be responsible for overseeing the continued growth and success of Veolia’s expansive portfolio of water, waste and energy operations. 

Veolia’s appointment is a clear reflection of the company’s current state: ensuring ongoing long-term stability, yet poised for growth.  

Danny celebrates 20 years with Veolia in 2018, and his succession from Doug will afford Veolia agility, consistency and a readiness to act in a period of enduring market change. He commenced his career within the business as a Waste Collection Operations Manager, moving into a number of positions before most recent role, as the Executive General Manager for Veolia’s East-Coast Operations (NSW, QLD, VIC & TAS), which he has held since 2014. 

In the midst of this exciting change for our organisation, our commitment to all customers is that we will maintain an Always Safe approach to the workplace health and safety of our clients and communities in which we operate.


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Emily Agostino
Veolia ANZ
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About Veolia Australia and New Zealand:
Veolia Australia and New Zealand (Veolia) is the region’s only environmental solutions organisation with specific capabilities across water and wastewater treatment, energy management, waste and resource recovery services, and industrial cleaning and facilities maintenance services. Veolia employs over 4000 employees and operates across more than 240 locations within the region.

About Veolia Global:
Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With nearly 169 000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions which contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.

In 2017, the Veolia group supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 55 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 47 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €25.12 billion in 2017.