He previously served as president, CEO and director of Iron Age; senior executive vice president of Kessler Financial Services; president, chief operating officer and a director of Clean Harbors; and co-chairman of the board and co-CEO of Smith Valve.

Mr Eckert currently serves on the board of directors of X-Rite. He is also involved with several charitable activities, serving as the chair of Northwestern University’s McCormick school of engineering and applied science and as a director and chair of the New England advisory board for ‘Let’s Get Ready,’ a program in which college students help high school students prepare for college.

Ronald Haddock, chairman of Safety-Kleen, said: “David brings to the position more than 30 years of experience as a director, chief executive officer, senior executive and management consultant across a wide range of industries. He has a track record of success in increasing the value of organizations under his leadership, and we are excited about him joining Safety-Kleen and moving the company forward.”