The Board of Directors of Ross Environmental Services, Inc. and its parent, Ross Service Corporations, announced today that Jim Larson will be the next President and Chief Executive Officer of Ross Environmental. Larson will replace Art Hargate as President and CEO when Hargate retires at the end of November this year.
Maureen Cromling, Chairman of the Board, said this transition has been in the making for two years. “We were extremely fortunate to have an outstanding internal candidate that is without question the best person to build upon the strong foundation that Art established over the past nine years as our CEO.”
Hargate has dedicated himself to the organization for more than 27 years. Under his guidance, the Ross Group of companies grew dramatically and routinely achieved their strategic and annual operating plan targets. Hargate drove leadership principles into every corner of the organization and carefully aligned the companies’ associates to deliver outstanding results. His mantra, “We are incredible, we make the incredible seem routine: what we do matters!” will inspire the associates at the Ross Group of companies well into the future.
Larson has been with the organization for 25 years and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He has served as Research and Development Manager, Incineration Manager, Vice President of Operations, President of Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of Ross Environmental. As CEO, Larson’s primary focus will be on continual process improvement, customer satisfaction and market presence and penetration.
“The Board members know for certain that no one is better equipped to lead us into the future. We have the utmost confidence in Jim’s leadership abilities and his dedication to building on the values that have served us so well for over six decades: operating safely; respecting our people; servicing our customers well; protecting the environment; complying with all law and regulation; giving back to the community and using resources wisely,” Cromling added.