Chairman of the Board
Samuel Zell, elected as Chairman of Covanta’s Board of Directors in September 2005, also previously served as a director from 1999 to 2004, and as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board from July 2002 to October 2004.
Mr. Zell’s investments span industries and continents, and include interests in finance, energy, transportation, communications, healthcare and real estate. These investments are managed by Equity Group Investments LLC (EGI), the private entrepreneurial investment firm Mr. Zell founded more than 40 years ago. EGI is recognized as the genesis of three of the largest real estate investment trusts (REITs) in history. He is also co-founder and chairman of Equity International, a private investment company focused on real estate-related businesses outside the U.S.
In addition to Covanta, Mr. Zell maintains substantial interests in, and is the chairman of four other public companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Equity Residential Properties Trust (EQR), the largest apartment real estate investment trust (REIT) in the U.S.; Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS), an equity real estate investment trust that owns and operates manufactured home communities in 26 states; Capital Trust (CT), a specialized real estate finance company; and Anixter (AXE), a value-add provider of integrated networking and cabling solutions that support business information and network infrastructure requirements. Mr. Zell is also the chairman of Tribune Company, a private media conglomerate.