Wayne H. Calabrese

SVP & COO at The GEO Group

Wayne H. Calabrese was appointed GEO’s Senior Vice President of Legal Services in September 2021. Mr. Calabrese had previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Operating Officer of GEO until his retirement in December 2010. Mr. Calabrese originally joined GEO as Vice President of Business Development in 1989 and served in a range of increasingly senior positions.

Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Calabrese was a partner in the Akron, Ohio law firm of Calabrese, Dobbins and Kepple. He also served as an Assistant City Law Director in Akron, Ohio; an Assistant County Prosecutor and Chief of the County Bureau of Support for Summit County, Ohio; and Legal Counsel and Director of Development for the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority. He received his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Akron and his Juris Doctor from the University of Akron Law School.

Mr. Calabrese brings extensive knowledge and experience to GEO’s Management Team. His legal training and experience, together with his prior service in various GEO leadership positions, makes him uniquely qualified to serve as GEO’s Senior Vice President of Legal Services.


  • SVP & COO

    Current role

  • SVP, Legal Services

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