Two picked at Waterpik
Waterpik Technologies Inc. of Fort Collins, Colo., named Tim Laughlin vice president of sales and Nancy Drake consumer oral health product marketing manager.
Laughlin will manage domestic and international sales efforts as well as all aspects of customer service. He’ll also direct professional oral health sales initiatives. Prior to this position, Laughlin was vice president of business development and support at Duracell.
Drake will coordinate marketing programs and new product development for the oral irrigator and electric toothbrush lines, including a new battery-operated flossing product. Prior to this position she was senior product manager at Sunbeam Corp., where she directed consumer research, new product development and promotions.

Hickey heads West Coast
Bob Hickey was named head of West Coast operations for BevStar Inc, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., responsible for expanding the western distribution of its Beverage Factory units. Prior to this position he was vice president, point of use services for the Suntory Water Group and prior to that was area vice president for Hinckley & Schmitt. Hickey held a variety of positions during his 21 years at Hinckley & Schmitt including sales management, route operations and independent distributor. His bachelor’s degree in business administration is from California Coast University. He’s also attended Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Consumer Market Strategy.

Mellen now ‘market maker’
ChemicalDesk Corp. of Houston, Texas, hired Michael P. Mellen as “market maker” for the water treatment chemicals section of its website,, responsible for managing content and bringing customers and suppliers to the water treatment business e-commerce site. Prior to this position, Mellen was an account manager for Koch Gateway Piping Co. of Houston.

Chem-Tainer promotes 2
Chem-Tainer Industries of Babylon, N.Y., has promoted Bob Willig to general manager of its tank products division, responsible for sales, marketing and product development. Willig has been with the company for 14 years, as inside sales manager for the last nine years and as tank product salesman for five years prior to that. In addition, Louise Strain has been promoted to inside sales manager, having been with the company for nine years and coming from the sales department.

Consumer Cap hires COO, CFO
Consumer Cap Corp. of New Castle, Pa., has made two executive appointments. Bob Bennardo is the new chief operating officer, a 26-year veteran of consumer product general management, strategic planning, and international sales and marketing. He signed a three-year contract. Also, the company hired its longtime financial consultant and public accountant Scott King as chief financial officer. He’s the founder and managing director of King Capital Group, a consulting firm to regional manufacturing companies. Prior to that he was a partner at Ernst and Young’s Pittsburgh office.

Lobel top 50 in business
Sharon Lobel, president and chief executive officer of Seal-It Inc. of Farmingdale, N.Y., was selected as one of Long Island’s Top 50 Business Women. Winners were selected by a panel of business community leaders and based on professional accomplishments, impact on local economy and leadership in the women’s business world.

Reading now Sanitaire VP
Sanitaire Corp. of Brown Deer, Wis., a subsidiary of ITT Industries, has appointed Charles “Chuck” Reading vice president, business development, with responsibilities for company strategic and corporate development activities worldwide. Reading has been with the company for just over three years and continues responsibility for its joint venture, Safe Water Solutions L.L.C., a manufacturer of advanced ultraviolet disinfection equipment. He’s also one of 23 appointed representatives to USEPA’s Federal Advisory Committee, assisting in the development of new drinking water regulations. He serves on the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Manufacturers Associates Council and the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Disinfection Committee. Reading is also past chairman of the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) and currently chairs its Drinking Water Regulatory Committee and is a member of the board of directors.

Nalco elects new officers
Nalco Chemical Co. of Naperville, Ill., a subsidiary of Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux, recently announced the election of new company officers. Christian Maurin is the company’s new chairman and chief executive officer. Prior to this position he was chairman of the board and president of Degrémont, a subsidiary of France’s Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux. Steve Newlin was also named vice chairman of the board and chief operating officer.
Daniel M. Harker is now vice president, manufacturing and logistics. A mechanical engineering graduate of Youngstown State University, his first job was with Union Carbide Corp., where he held a variety of manufacturing positions; he then worked for Rhone-Poulenc where he served as director of manufacturing, surfactants and specialties. For the past two years, Harker has been vice president, Operations at Calgon Corp.

Roger Nass is now vice president of research and development. Nass joined Nalco in 1969 as a chemist and was named technical director for boiler chemicals and cooling water chemicals before being promoted to technical director in 1984. In 1987 Nass was appointed division vice president, industrial chemicals research, and in 1992 he transferred to Nalco Europe as vice president, research and development. In 1996 Nass relocated to Naperville and was promoted to division vice president, technical support.
James M. Ondyak is now vice president of corporate marketing. Ondyak joined Nalco in 1982 as product specialist in cooling water marketing. In 1983, he was named product manager in solids/liquid separation and, in 1986, joined Nalco’s UNISOLV Group as market development manager. After a number of assignments in the field, he joined the Basic Industry Group in 1994 as marketing manager for paper and became general marketing manager for Nalco’s Paper Chemicals Group in 1996. In 1998, Ondyak was promoted to general manager of paper for Europe.


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