Published On: Tue, Sep 14th, 2010

GEO Group announces retirement of president and chief operating officer Calabrese

BOCA RATON — The GEO Group has announced that Wayne H. Calabrese, the firm’s vice chairman, president and chief operating officer, will retire effective December 31, 2010 after more than 21 years of service with GEO.

Calabrese, who will turn 60 years old in November, joined GEO as vice president of business development in 1989 and has served in a range of increasingly senior operating and business development positions since that time. Prior to joining GEO, Calabrese was a partner in the Akron, Ohio law firm of Calabrese, Dobbins and Kepple.

Calabrese’s business development and oversight responsibilities will be reassigned throughout GEO’s senior management team and existing corporate structure, and he will continue to provide assistance to GEO as a consultant beginning Jan. 3, 2011.

In announcing his retirement, Calabrese said, “Our merger with Cornell Companies has now closed, and we have a new generation of talented and focused leaders who are eager to meet the challenges of assimilating our newly acquired facilities and growing our business in the coming months and years. Working for GEO has been the honor of a lifetime. Under the leadership of our Chairman and CEO, George Zoley, we have built a company and a corporate culture that I am confident will stand the test of time.”

Zoley noted: “We have been very fortunate to have counted Wayne Calabrese as a member of our senior management team for over 21 years. His contributions to our company and his professionalism, dedication and knowledge have been unmatched. Mr. Calabrese has decided to retire at the end of this year but will continue to provide assistance to GEO on a consulting basis. His day-to-day responsibilities will be reassigned throughout our senior management team and existing corporate structure, which is comprised of our three business units of U.S. Corrections, GEO Care and International Services.”

The GEO Group, based in Boca Raton, is a leader in the delivery of correctional, detention, and residential treatment services to federal, state, and local government agencies around the globe. GEO represents government clients in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

GEO’s worldwide operations include the management and/or ownership of approximately 81,000 beds at 119 correctional, detention and residential treatment facilities, including projects under development.

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