NWRA appoints president and CEO

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), Arlington, Virginia, has appointed Darrell K. Smith as president and CEO of the trade association.

Smith’s skill sets include public policy advocacy for heavy industry, grassroots activation, trade association management and growth, public relations and a technical background in safety and environmental processes.


“The waste and recycling industry is profoundly important to the functioning of society, and the complexities and challenges faced by the industry are rarely appreciated,” Smith says. “I am proud to have been trusted with the management of the industry’s trade association, and I am ready to play a role in reenergizing staff, focusing on our mission and driving industry growth with the promotions of solutions-driven public policies.”

The appointment comes as the waste and recycling collection occupation ranks fifth in the nation for injuries, accidents and fatalities because of inattentive motorists and distracted driving.

“We were looking for a proven association leader, and we have found such a person in Darrell,” Ben Harvey, the NWRA board of trustees chair, says. “We are particularly pleased that he has worked previously in the waste industry, has a proven track record in association membership growth, is experienced in local community engagement and that he possesses exceptional skills in strategic thinking and team building. We also recognized the value of his safety background.”

Smith is coming to NWRA from the Industrial Minerals Association – North America, part of the mining industry, and has previously served as an industry advocate for the petroleum and chemical industries. Before entering public policy, he worked in several industries, including hazardous waste. He has a bachelor’s degree from the Citadel, a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of South Carolina and a doctoral degree from George Mason University in environmental conflict and public policy. He resides in Washington.

Bunting names new CFO, adds personnel

From top to bottom: Wagner, Herrmann, Bocanegra

Newton, Kansas-based Bunting Magnetics Co., has announced the appointment of Bill Wagner to the company’s executive leadership team as the chief financial officer. The company also added Brock Herrmann as its magnetic separation product manager and David Bocanegra as the newest member of its international sales team.

Wagner brings two decades of experience to the company, which specializes in magnet and magnetic equipment design, manufacturing and distribution, and has an extensive background in accounting and finance in the manufacturing sector.

Wagner oversees financial reporting, budgets, accounting and human resources for all Bunting Magnetics divisions.

“Bill will be an invaluable asset and contributor to our exceptional management team,” says Bob Bunting, president and CEO of Bunting, who made the announcement.

Bocanegra, who will be based in Querétaro, Mexico, has been assigned with providing support to existing customers and generating sales in Mexico, and Herrmann will manage the growth and profitability of the company’s line of magnetic separation products by supporting Bunting’s sales team and by identifying new markets, customers and product development.

LME promotes new chief executive

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. (HKEX) and the London Metal Exchange (LME), a wholly owned subsidiary of HKEX, have announced the appointment of Matthew Chamberlain as chief executive of the LME effective immediately.

Chamberlain will remain on the LME board of directors and will continue as a member of HKEX’s Management Committee. He has been the interim chief executive since January 2017 and was previously the chief operating officer and head of strategy of the LME and co-head of business development across the LME and LME Clear.


During his time at the LME, Chamberlain has led its warehousing reform process and the London platinum and palladium pricing administered by the LME, and the LMEprecious initiative.

In his chief executive role, Chamberlain will work closely with Adrian Farnham, LME Clear chief executive. James Proudlock will take on the role of managing director and head of market development for the LME and LME Clear, reporting to Chamberlain and Farnham. Proudlock joined the LME in early 2017 from JP Morgan Securities PLC.

The LME says it new leadership structure “will allow the LME to continue to strengthen and secure its role as the center for global metals trading.”

“Matthew’s experience and knowledge of the LME means that he is uniquely suited to lead the business in the next stage of its evolution,” says Charles Li, HKEX chief executive. “We are confident that Matthew, together with Adrian and James, are the right leadership team to bring further success for the group as we continue to grow our business and extend our geographical reach.”