Waste Management Inc. has named a new chief strategy officer.

John Morris takes the position for Houston-based company. He replaces Bill Caesar, who is now president of WM Recycle America, Waste Management said in a news release. Morris joins the company’s senior leadership team and will help Waste Management grow through strong customer focus, extracting value from the materials it handles, and increasing operational efficiency and productivity throughout the organization. 

Morris joined Waste Management in 1994 and has held a number of field-based positions. Most recently he was area vice president of the greater mid-Atlantic area. 

 “John has been proactive in growing his market in our changing industry,” said David P. Steiner, Waste Management president and CEO. “John’s strategic perspective and 23 years of operational experience are a perfect match for growing the company.”   

Succeeding Morris will be Tara Hemmer, formerly director of recycle operations in that area.