Clean Harbors Appoints Simon Gerlin Senior Vice President of Finance

Date: July 11, 2008

Source: Clean Harbors, Inc.

Clean Harbors Appoints Simon Gerlin Senior Vice President of Finance

  • Seasoned Executive Joins Finance Team as Organization Continues Expansion

Clean Harbors, Inc. ("Clean Harbors") (NASDAQ: CLHB), the leading provider of environmental and hazardous waste management services throughout North America, today announced the Company has named Simon R. Gerlin, 50, to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Finance, effective immediately. Gerlin will report to Clean Harbors' Chief Financial Officer, James M. Rutledge. Gerlin will oversee all of the Company's controllership functions, including the corporate controller function and the business unit controller functions. Additionally, Gerlin will play a key role in the Company's internal audit function going forward.

"We are excited that someone of Simon's caliber has joined our finance team," said James M. Rutledge, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "As a former partner at PwC, Gerlin's extensive experience will strengthen Clean Harbors' overall accounting and finance organization, and help shape our audit infrastructure. Realizing these two objectives is essential for Clean Harbors as we pursue our goal of exceeding a billion dollars in annual revenue."

Prior to joining Clean Harbors, Gerlin worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers for nearly 17 years, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in his appointment as Audit Partner in 1999. While at PwC, Gerlin worked with many of the firm's key clients in multiple industries to conduct their financial audits and oversee other financial and strategic initiatives. Gerlin launched his career in the advertising field, serving as an account executive with premier New York-based agencies, including Young & Rubicam, BBDO, and NW Ayer.

Gerlin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Business.

About Clean Harbors

Clean Harbors is North America's leading provider of environmental and hazardous waste management services. With an unmatched infrastructure of waste management facilities, Clean Harbors serves over 45,000 customers, including more than 325 Fortune 500 companies, thousands of smaller private entities and numerous federal, state and local governmental agencies. Clean Harbors' Technical Services provides a broad range of hazardous material management and disposal services including hazardous and non-hazardous waste recycling, treatment and disposal, CleanPack(R) laboratory chemical packing, and household hazardous waste management services. Clean Harbors' Site Services provides field services, industrial services, vacuum services, emergency response and disaster recovery, transformer services, tank cleaning and decontamination.

Headquartered in Norwell, Massachusetts, Clean Harbors has more than 100 locations strategically positioned throughout North America in 36 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, Mexico and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit

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