Our Board

Our Board of Directors

Joseph Vaillancourt

CHAIRMAN & CEO AGILYX

 

Mr. Vaillancourt is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Agilyx. Mr. Vaillancourt brings more than 25 years of operational, financial, and strategic experience in industrial, environmental and energy innovation and infrastructure development. Throughout his career, Mr. Vaillancourt has led in excess of $2 bil of debt and equity financings as well as M&A activities and has helped commercialize 15 environmental technologies working closely with large strategic companies and private equity firms in the energy and industrial sectors.

 

Prior to Agilyx, Mr. Vaillancourt spent 15 years at Waste Management where he was one of the founding members of the corporate venturing group responsible for developing new and innovative growth platforms in the environmental, sustainability, solid waste, recycling, energy and cleantech sectors.  Mr. Vaillancourt has also held various roles in founding more than 10 companies in a diverse set of industries.

 

Mr. Vaillancourt holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Mr. Vaillancourt is an external advisory board member of the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and has held Director positions in over 15 companies.

 


 

David A. Aardsma
WASTE & ENVIRONMENTAL SECTOR EXECUTIVE

 

Mr. Aardsma is a strategic sales, marketing, operations C-level executive with over 35 years of experience growing businesses & creating transformational results in both B2B & B2C business environments.

Mr. Aardsma recently served as Executive General Manager of Cleanaway, Australia’s largest waste management company. The Company returned to profitability under his tenure, receiving the 2016 Turnaround Management Association’s (TMA) Turnaround of the Year Award in the large company category. He enhanced productivity by centralizing and galvanizing the sales and marketing functions through upgraded sales management/leadership and a comprehensive segmented customer value proposition program. Prior to Cleanaway, Mr. Aardsma served as Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Waste Management, where he implemented successful customer-focused growth initiatives to extract additional value from the waste stream. Mr. Aardsma also led the expansion of Waste Management’s E-commerce sales channel and the introduction of CRM as well as serving as the President and Director for WM’s wholly-owned company WM Bagco, Inc. (DBA Bagster) and was a Director of Pack Rate.

 


 

Ranjeet Bhatia
SAFFRON HILL VENTURES

 

Prior to co-founding Saffron Hill Ventures, Mr. Bhatia worked as Advisor to the Chairman of Loot Ltd. where he advised on e-commerce strategy and investment and in a venture capital capacity for Lord Rothschild, evaluating technology venture opportunities. While at Loot he worked closely with business partners and financiers to structure Loot's strategic and financial requirements in preparation for sale. Mr. Bhatia has had a long term interest in environmental technology and policy, and worked in the environment and energy consulting groups at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and Dyncorp-Meridian, and as an intern in Vice President Al Gore's White House Office on Environmental Policy.

Mr. Bhatia earned an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business, an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA in Environmental Science from Occidental College.

 


 

 

Graeme Burnett

DELTA AIR LINES

 

Born and educated in England, Graeme joined Foster Wheeler as a project engineer upon graduating with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering in 1976. Graeme then joined Lindsey Oil Refinery UK in 1980, part of the Total Group. Subsequently he has enjoyed a broad and successful experience in worldwide operations with Total in refining and petrochemicals, ultimately achieving the position of President and CEO of Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA Inc. before taking retirement in July 2013.

 

Unready for retirement, Graeme accepted a new challenge with Delta Air Lines in August 2013, taking on the responsibility for their global jet fuel supply, as well as assuming the role of Chairman of the Board of Monroe Energy, the refining affiliate owned by Delta.

 

In November 2013, Graeme was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Business Administration  from Teesside University.

 

Graeme is married to Rebecca, a native Texan. They have three children and seven grandchildren, and enjoy splitting what little free time they have between the beach and the mountains.

 



William K. Caesar

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, WCA WASTE CORPORATION

 

Mr. Caesar is the Chief Executive Officer of WCA Waste Corporation, a vertically integrated, non-hazardous solid-waste services company based in Houston, Texas. Prior to this role, he held several positions with Waste Management (WM) Inc. He joined WM in 2010 as the Chief Strategy Officer and in 2012 became the President of WM Recycling and the WM Organic Growth Group, where he developed the industry-leading recyclable materials business for Waste Management and oversaw its portfolio of strategic technology and services investments.

​Prior to joining WM, Mr. Caesar was a principal in the Atlanta office of McKinsey & Company, a leading global consulting and advisory firm. During his 13-year tenure at McKinsey, Mr. Caesar advised clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including waste management, on corporate strategy, growth initiatives, performance improvement and sales strategies.

 

Mr. Caesar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University, a Master’s degree from Georgetown University, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he was awarded a Keller Scholar Fellowship and graduated as a Fuqua Scholar.

 



Paolo Cuniberti
FOUNDER AND CEO, HABACUS

 

Mr. Cuniberti is the founder and CEO of Habacus, an innovative startup headquartered in Italy that facilitates student access to financial resources. Prior to Habacus, he dedicated 25 years to investment banking, working in senior leadership roles at world-renowned financial institutions. Mr. Cuniberti was both CEO and head of securities for Mediobanca, UK, as well as head of alternative fund coverage and head of equity capital market for J.P. Morgan in London, England.

Mr. Cuniberti also holds a board member position at Growth Street, an organization headquartered in London, that helps small and medium-sized businesses achieve its strategic goals by providing access to working capital. Mr. Cuniberti is a graduate of Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy, the first Italian university to grant a degree in economics, where he focused on business, economics, and management.

 



Peter Norris
VIRGIN GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED 

 

Mr. Norris is Chairman of Virgin Group Holdings Limited, a multinational venture capital firm with holdings in a wide range of industries. He has over 37 years of experience in investment banking and business management. Mr. Norris began his career at Barings in 1976. In 1984, he joined Goldman Sachs, before returning to Barings in 1987 to head the South East Asian advisory operations. Upon returning to London in 1994, he became CEO of Barings Investment Banking Group. Three months after his appointment, the notorious derivatives trading scandal in Singapore was revealed, which brought down the bank. In 1995, Mr. Norris established a corporate finance business, constructed around the needs of a client base of owner-entrepreneurs. In 2007, he merged this business with Quayle Munro Holdings Plc, an AIM listed company and became the CEO of the combined entity. He served in this capacity until the end of 2009, when he resigned his executive position to take the role of Chairman of the Virgin Group. He remains a senior adviser to Quayle Munro. Prior to becoming Chairman of Virgin, Mr. Norris acted as an adviser to the Group from 1996 and had chaired Virgin Active from 2002 to 2007. 

 

Mr. Norris graduated from Oxford University with a first class degree in Modern History and Modern Languages.  ​