Covanta expands leadership team with new role of chief transformation officer

Gagan Sood tasked with evolving firm into leading sustainable materials management provider

In a move to actively expand its executive leadership team, Morristown-based Covanta on Tuesday said it appointed Gagan Sood as its new chief transformation officer. The role will report directly to CEO and President Azeez Mohammed.

In this brand-new position, Sood will be tasked with evolving Covanta into a leading sustainable materials management provider. He will be the strategic driver of the company’s corporate priorities and actionable initiatives that will guide it into the next phase of growth. Sood will amplify the new vision for Covanta by working closely with executives, business leaders and employees to accelerate the adoption, acceptance and execution of innovative policies. Gagan will also oversee the Procurement & Projects and Digitalization teams.

“I am pleased to welcome Gagan to Covanta,” Mohammed said. “With this addition to our team, we are signaling that we are well on our way to becoming the leader in sustainable materials management, zero waste-to-landfill and negative carbon solutions. I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the new and exciting developments to come under his direction.”

Sood brings over a decade of strategic leadership experience in the power conversion and transportation and mining industries. Most recently, Sood was CEO, Americas, for GE Power Conversion, a GE subsidiary, where he oversaw the company’s Latin America and North America operations. Previously, while serving as chief experience officer/chief operating officer for GE Power Conversion, Sood led the conceptualization and execution of the company’s transformation plan, achieving profitable growth for the business and accomplishing a culture transformation to a “customer first” approach.

“I am thrilled to be joining Covanta,” Sood said in a prepared statement. “The company holds boundless potential and I am excited to advance meaningful change across the enterprise by maximizing our value creation, achieving operational efficiencies and expanding our sustainable service solutions.”