Robert Silberman

Robert S. Silberman

Lead Director

Mr. Silberman has been a member of Covanta's Board of Directors since December 2004 and is chairperson of the Nominating & Governance Committee. He was named Lead Director in May 2019. Mr. Silberman is currently executive chairman of the board of directors of Strategic Education, Inc.. He previously served as chief executive officer of that company from 2001 to 2013 and has been a director since 2001.

From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Silberman served in a variety of senior management positions at CalEnergy Company, Inc., including as president and chief operating officer.  From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Silberman was Assistant to the chairman and chief executive officer of International Paper Company.  From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Silberman served in several senior positions in the U.S. Department of Defense, including as assistant secretary of the Army.

He also serves on the Board of Visitors of The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Mr. Silberman holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in international policy from The Johns Hopkins University.