Jon Vander Ark (born 1975) is an American business executive. He has been the president of Republic Services since April 30, 2019. Before taking over as president, Vander Ark was chief operating officer since January 1, 2018. He joined the company in 2013 as executive vice president-chief marketing officer. He has a BA from Calvin College, and a JD from Harvard Law School. He was previously a partner at McKinsey & Co. Inc. Vander Ark co-authored Sales Growth: Five Proven Strategies from the World’s Sales Leaders, published in 2012.
Republic Services, Inc founded in 1996 is the second largest non-hazardous solid waste management company in the United States after Waste Management, Inc since 2008. It has been hailed on Wall Street for its increase in share price, and attracted celebrity investors Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and states' Department of Environmental Protection have levied several high-profile fines against it; In 2013 the Missouri Attorney General filed a lawsuit about an uncontrolled underground fire at the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill, polluting air and water and threatening adjacent West Lake Landfill which contains nuclear waste, scheduled to go to trial.