Barry Caldwell, SVP, corporate affairs and chief legal officer, Waste Management: Power List 2016

2016 rank: 32

Barry has long been known for his tremendous expertise in the government affairs, public policy, and communications arenas. And, with his recently added responsibilities as chief legal officer, Barry touches almost every aspect of our business. And for that, I am very thankful.

He’s a truth teller, a team player, and a trusted adviser to me and to the entire senior team and our board. He sees around corners, skillfully navigates to avoid ditches, and fights hard — and smart — in the trenches.

He’s also a passionate advocate for the business and his teammates. Not a day goes by without Barry trumpeting the great work his 40,000 teammates do to service our customers, contribute to communities, and make our planet a better place. If you follow him on Twitter (@barryhcaldwell), you’ll see what I mean. He always "thinks green."

If you ask Barry what the magic ingredient is that makes those on his teams successful, he’ll tell you this: While being great at your craft is important, more important is really knowing the business and setting the right goals.

Simple advice that he lives and breathes and it is part of what makes him a valuable business partner and a huge factor in the success of Waste Management.

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