Jonathan P. Ward has been elected by the ServiceMaster board of directors as president and chief executive officer, effective Feb. 12, and has been appointed to the board of directors and executive committee. He will succeed C. William Pollard, who has been chairman and CEO since 1999 and also served as CEO from 1983-1993. Pollard, 62, will continue to serve as chairman of the board and its executive committee.

Ward, 46, has served most recently as president and chief operating officer of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co.