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CUNO welcomes DeFrances  
Meriden, Conn.-based CUNO Inc. elected William DeFrances as vice president-controller. He will be responsible for the company’s worldwide controllership function including accounting policies, internal controls, internal and external financial reporting, and internal audit. These duties are in addition to the continuing responsibilities as treasurer, which include global corporate finance, banking, tax, and insurance strategies and programs. DeFrances received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bryant College and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut.

NGWA tabs new PR director
The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) named a new public awareness director in Cliff Treyens. He is a veteran journalist and public relations practitioner with extensive government, political and private sector experience. Treyens will be responsible for NGWA’s outreach to the general public and the news media. He has served as communications director for former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus and former Ohio House Speaker Vernal Riffe, Jr. Treyens can be reached at (800) 551-7379 or email: ctreyens@ngwa.org

Lawlor assumes NSF top post
NSF International’s board of directors announced the appointment of Kevan Lawlor as president and chief executive officer of the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company, effective Sept. 10, 2003. Lawlor previously held the positions of chief financial officer, senior vice president of Food Safety, and president of NSF International Strategic Registrations Ltd. He has been with NSF for 18 years and received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University. Lawlor replaces Dr. Dennis Mangino who retired after completing a nine-year career with NSF.  

Lagueux lauded by council
Benoit Lagueux, of the Régie du Batiment du Québec, was presented with the third Joseph K. Seidner Award at a special breakfast meeting of the Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing on Aug. 18. The award is in recognition of his contributions to Canadian plumbing codes and standards. Lagueux has been involved with CSA standards committees since 1977.

Green named research VP
Kim Green has joined the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) as its new vice president of research, science and technical affairs. Previously, Green worked as the director of health issues at the American Plastics Council. She is a certified groundwater professional and has experience in the areas of hydrogeology, toxicology and human health risk. Green earned bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and geology, and obtained a master’s degree in geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines. She can be reached at (703) 683-5213 ext., 114 or email: kgreen@bottledwater.org

Three scientists join board
Two Stanford University scientists and one UC Berkeley scientist were among the 15 researchers announced as the newly created Independent Science Board of the California Bay-Delta Authority, formerly known as CALFED. The authority is a joint state-federal program designed to address California’s growing water crisis while protecting the environment of the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Stanford University scientists David Freyberg and Jeff Koseff along with Dr. Robert Twiss of UC Berkeley will join 12 other researchers from across the county on the board, which is expected to meet three times a year and produce biennial reports.

Joyce, Bell join Nalco team
William Joyce, Ph.D., was named chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Naperville, Ill.-based Nalco Co. in October by the investor group, which includes the Blackstone Group, Apollo Management L.P., and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. Dr. Joyce joined Hercules Inc. in 2001 as chairman and CEO following a distinguished career with Union Carbide where he was named CEO in 1995 and chairman of the board in 1996. Upon Union Carbide’s merger with Dow Chemical Co. in 2001, he was named vice chairman of Dow Chemical. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Penn State University and a master’s degree in business administration as well as doctorate from New York University. In other news, Nalco announced that Bradley Bell will join the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Most recently, Bell was senior vice president and CFO for Rohm and Haas Co. for six years where he had an active role in the delivery of organic and acquisition growth strategies. Bell holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.

Little Giant pumps up staff
Little Giant Pump Co., of Oklahoma City, announced the promotion of Paul Henderson to vice president of sales and marketing. He will direct the company’s sales and marketing efforts in North America and overseas. His experience and knowledge in the pump industry began with Duro Pumps, of Ontario, Canada. Henderson brings extensive managing experience in both wholesale and retail pump market segments. For the last decade, he worked for GSW Pump Co. with responsibility of overseeing the North American pump market for major DIY (do-it-yourself) retailers. Most recently, he served Little Giant as national accounts manager for a new line of water treatment products. Founded in 1941, Little Giant’s products are sold through plumbing, HVAC and industrial distribution, home improvement and international outlets.

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