Derek W. Veenhof

Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer – N.A. WTE

Derek Veenhof is Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Covanta’s  North American Waste-to-Energy business. Mr. Veenhof has broad oversight over  Covanta’s asset base and leads the +$2B annual revenue activities associated with asset  management, waste procurement, energy and metals recovery and sales within Covanta’s  domestic infrastructure. Mr. Veenhof has held several positions over his 25-year career at  the company, including leading the company as chief operating officer through a strategic  review process which ultimately led to the privatization and sale of Covanta to EQT  Infrastructure.  

Mr. Veenhof led the inception of Covanta’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee,  which he chaired for a number of years through to the formation of several employee  resource groups. Mr. Veenhof has also been a key figure in Covanta’s Community  Outreach programs and has helped create focus on maximizing Covanta’s involvement in  local community base initiatives. Mr. Veenhof currently serves as a Board Director for  the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF), a non-profit foundation  focused on research and educational activities for the waste industry.  

Mr. Veenhof joined Covanta in 1996 and holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees  from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.