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Kahler gets Alfa presidency; Smith heads up Pa. division
Michael Kahler was appointed president of the Process Technology Division of Alfa Laval Inc., of Richmond, Va., in January. Kahler joins Alfa Laval after holding various positions at Nalco Chemical Co., of Chicago, including most recently group vice president and president of its Industrial Division since 2002. He also served as chairman of the board for the Nalco Foundation, a charitable arm of the company. During his years with Nalco, Kahler gained extensive experience with commercial, institutional, light industrial, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, paper making, chemical, steel, refinery, automotive, primary metals and power generation customers. He has a bachelor’s degree in natural science from Xavier University. In other company news, the Parts and Service Division of Alfa Laval Inc., of Warminster, Pa., welcomed its new president, Brent Smith. His appointment became effective as of February. Smith joined the company in 2002 as vice president of human resources. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

Leunig recognized by WQA
The Water Quality Association (WQA) presented, at its convention in March, an Award of Merit to Thomas Leunig, CWS-IV, in recognition of his exceptional service given to the water quality improvement industry and, specifically, for outstanding support of and commitment to an association program. Leunig, marketing manager at GE Water Technologes, has been active in the WQA for more than 18 years and has served on numerous WQA committees and task forces including: Convention, Standard 61 Materials Safety, Educational Services, Ion Exchange, Membership Marketing, Plumbing Code, Public Relations and the State Certification Review. He’s helped with fundraising throughout the nation. He recently spearheaded the WQA/NSF certification for GE’s product line to independent OEMs and dealers throughout North America.

Stanbury dubbed top member
Robert Stanbury, vice president of engineering for Flowserve Pump Division, of Irving, Texas, was named the Hydraulic Institute 2003 Member of the Year. He works out of Flowserve’s Technology Center in Dayton, Ohio. The award was presented to Stanbury during a dinner at Hydraulic Institute’s 87th annual meeting in Naples, Fla. With an engineering background in jet engines, mixers and fans, Stanbury began his career in the pump industry when he joined Durco Europe, a subsidiary of Flowserve Corp., in 1995. A graduate of Cambridge University, Stanbury holds a degree in mechanical sciences and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.

Fly parts ways with Alamo
Sid Fly has officially resigned his position as director of international sales from Alamo Water Refiners, of San Antonio. He can be reached at (210) 912-5998 or email: sidfly@aol.com  

Koch welcomes new director
Membrane technology specialist Antonia von Gottberg has joined Koch Membrane Systems, of Wilmington, Mass., as the corporation’s new director of municipal water technology.  Previously, von Gottberg was director of municipal water and wastewater at Ionics Inc. She received a master’s degree in engineering science from Cambridge University as well as a master’s degree in science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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