Matt-Son president, John Scott, succumbs to fight against cancer
John Scott, most recently president of Matt-Son Inc. of Barrington, Ill., passed away from cancer on Nov. 5 at his home in Chicago. He was 60. For the past 33 years, he held various executive positions with The Marmon Group of Companies. He began his career with Marmon (then Union Tank Car) in October 1967, and moved to EcoWater Systems in 1973. Scott was the international sales manager until 1981, when he was appointed director of marketing. In 1995, Scott was named EcoWater’s vice president of North America—the position he held until he became president of Matt-Son in March 1998.

Scott was a graduate of Loyola Academy, John Carroll University and Northwestern University. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and retired from the U.S. Navy as a Lt. Commander.

Pentair picks next CEO
Pentair announced Randall Hogan, the president and COO who was recruited to the company after successful executive careers at Mc-Kinsey & Company, General Electric and United Technologies Corp., will succeed Winslow Buxton as CEO, effective Jan. 1. Buxton will remain as chairman. Hogan will retain the title of president. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas. In other news, Frederick Leers—formerly vice president of International Business Development at Pentair’s Lincoln Industrial business in St. Louis—has been named to the new position of vice president of Water Technologies-Asia. Leers graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago with a degree in finance.

NSF gets new advisor
Dr. Joseph A. Cotruvo is assuming the position of senior advisor of environmental health sciences at NSF International. A recognized leader in water, pollution prevention and risk assessment, Cotruvo will continue to direct the NSF/WHO Collaborating Center for Drinking Water Safety and Treatment, represent NSF with regulatory agencies, and serve as senior technical advisor to NSF’s symposia and technology expositions on small drinking water and wastewater systems.

Zenith board grows
Zenith International of the United Kingdom announced three senior management appointments. John Findlay, projects director, becomes a board member. Findlay is credited with successfully expanding the water and environment division into the leading U.K. groundwater consultancy. Jason Holway, research director, has also become a board member. He was formerly with Kleinwort Benson and ERC Statistics International. Emma Chambers joins Zenith as a senior consultant in strategic consulting activities. She is a food technologist who has spent the past eight years with Tesco and Waitrose.  

Delivering the goods
Jeff McGarity has been named home and office delivery salesperson of 2000 by Pasadena, Calif.-based Sparkletts Water Products Co. McGarity was selected for the honor (a plaque and a monetary award) based on his outstanding performance in categories such as customer service, driving safety and the amount of water delivered. He works at the company’s San Diego facility.

Water industry loses veteran
The water treatment industry said goodbye to a longtime veteran with the death of Irwin Treibitz on Oct. 5 in California. Treibitz was the president of Creative Performance Chemicals (CPC) of Walnut, Calif. He founded the firm as a manufacturer’s representative for over a dozen water and wastewater chemical and equipment suppliers including BFGoodrich. He received his bachelor’s degree from City College of New York and had over 40 years of water industry experience. CPC will continue operations under the leadership of Miles Martin.

NWRI hails researcher
The National Water Research Institute has honored water quality researcher Charles Richard O’Melia, Ph.D., with the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize. For the last seven years, it has been given to outstanding water research scientists. O’Melia, an environmental engineering professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, received a gold medallion and a $50,000 award, which he’s decided to donate to several education institutions.

First recipient of prize
Wenjun Liu has won the first Membrane Technology Prize from Zenon Environmental Inc. and will receive $10,000 for his innovative research on extractive membrane bioreactor treatment for wastewater. Liu is a doctoral candidate at the University of Bath, U.K., under supervision from Prof. John Howell.

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