Global – Raymond George, former ceo of the Belgium-based George SA scrap recycling company as well as a vice president and long-time treasurer of the BIR world recycling organisation, has died at the age of 79.
George became the youngest vice president in BIR history at the age of 30. Owing to his commitment and proactive approach, he was elected BIR treasurer five times in a row. For almost 20 years, he managed BIR’s finances and was therefore ‘instrumental in the development and growth’ of the world recycling body, according to BIR.
He was also vice president of the BIR ferrous division between 1970 and 1990. George had ‘a strong personality with an iconoclastic sense of humour and was never afraid of going off the beaten track to push forward projects he believed in’, BIR states. ‘Enthusiastic and energetic, he was a strong leader and inspirational visionary.’