Strategic Materials, Inc., North America’s largest glass recycler and portfolio company of Littlejohn & Co., announced Christopher Dods as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President. Denis Suggs, the outgoing CEO, leaves Strategic Materials after providing more than five years of dedicated service to the company.
Dods has significant executive leadership experience in the environmental and industrial services industries with a proven ability to drive sustainable and profitable growth in the sector. Prior to joining Strategic Materials, he served as CEO of Clean Earth, one of the largest specialty waste companies in the United States and former Littlejohn & Co. portfolio company. He also served as President, Environmental Services Division at Philips Services Corporation and earlier in his career he was a Senior Vice President at Aramark Corporation. Mr. Dods graduated from the United States Naval Academy.
Brian Michaud, Managing Director at Littlejohn & Co., said, “We are excited to have an executive of Chris’ caliber lead Strategic Materials at this important time for the company. Littlejohn has worked with Chris previously and seen first-hand his ability to build high-performance, team-oriented cultures and drive growth organically and through strategic acquisitions.”
Dods added, “I’m thrilled to join Strategic Materials and further the company’s mission to create a better future for the planet by increasing recycled content in existing and new applications. I look forward to working with the deeply talented team at the company as we focus on the next phase of growth and execute on the enormous opportunities to better serve our customers.”
Steven Raich, Managing Director at Littlejohn & Co., stated, “On behalf of the entire company, we thank Denis for his steady leadership during a successful phase in the company’s history and wish him the best in his future endeavors. Denis created a strong foundation for growth as the leading North American glass recycler and we are eager to embark on the next phase of our journey under Chris.”