Oliver takes over at Aquest
Elburn, Ill.-based Aquest Inc. appointed Neil Oliver to president and chief operating officer on Jan. 14. The company, a 20-year-old manufacturer of zero-lead faucets and water quality monitors, is expanding manufacturing operations and quality systems at its facility. Oliver has been with the company since 1984 and has been involved primarily in marketing and sales. The company’s founder, Bruce Oliver, will remain as chairman and chief executive officer.

ASDWA names new director
James Taft is the new executive director of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA). Prior to joining the ASDWA, Taft served as chief of the targeting and analysis branch within the USEPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, where he was responsible for developing a number of chemical regulations for drinking water and developing regulatory tools to support those regulations. During his 18 years at the USEPA, he also held several key management positions within the agency’s Office of Wastewater Management.

Calgon’s Cederna steps down
Calgon Carbon Corp., of Pittsburgh, announced in late February the resignation of James Cederna, its chairman, president and chief executive officer. Cederna was CEO since April 1999 and chairman since May 2001. Reasons for the resignation weren’t disclosed. Calgon Carbon’s board of directors appointed John Stanik as acting president and CEO while the company undergoes a search for a successor, officials said. Previously, Stanik served as senior vice president of operations in the Americas and Asia and was director of engineered systems. The board also named Thomas McConomy as acting chairman. McCono-my was one of the founders of Calgon Carbon and served as CEO from April 1985 until June 1994 and from February 1998 until April 1999. In other news, Michael Mocniak has been elected vice president, general counsel and secretary. He replaces Joseph Fischette, who retired from the company in November. Mocniak will serve as the company’s chief legal officer worldwide and will be a member of the senior leadership team. His legal experience includes mergers and acquisitions, regulatory and environmental compliance, litigation, labor relations and corporate governance. He holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Pennsylvania State University.

Two move at B&V
Black & Veatch, of Kansas City, Mo., appointed Dave Hunt as a senior vice president and manager of the Midwest region and Steve Phillips as manager of the Kansas City regional office within the Americas Division of the company’s Water Sector. Effective Aug. 1, both will assume managerial roles previously held by incoming Americas Division president Dan McCarthy.

Sorbent adds to staff
Sorbent Products Co. (SPC), of Somerset, N.J., announced three new appointments in late January. Larry Kilian is the new managing director of SPC International, of Herentals, Belgium. He brings 25 years of professional experience in sales and industrial marketing. In other news, SPC introduced Detlev Henseler as the new regional sales manager of SPC International. He will be responsible for SPC sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Finally, SPC reintroduced Derek Yurgaitis as the new director of new business development of SPC. Since 1999, he served as the managing director of SPC International in Europe.

Sprague fills VP post
Baxter & Woodman Inc., of Crystal Lake, Ill., named William Sprague as vice president of the firm’s construction service division. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University. Baxter & Woodman specializes in providing water, wastewater, transportation and municipal engineering services to communities and sanitary districts throughout the Midwest.

Three obtain SUEZ posts
 Paris-based SUEZ made three new appointments to its management team. Gerard Lamarche was named executive vice president. Alongside the chairman and CEO of Ondeo Nalco, he is credited with the merger of Nalco, Calgon and Aquazur, and implemented an ambitious cost-cutting and debt reduction program that strengthened Ondeo Nalco’s position as an industrial water treatment player. Meanwhile, Henry Masson was appointed group senior vice president for Organization and Central Services (insurance, internal audit, purchasing, information systems and logistics) and chief risk officer. In other news, Patrick Ouart was appointed general secretary and group ethics officer. All three positions will report directly to the chairman and CEO.

CH2M Hill gains manager
Vincent Ragucci III joined CH2M Hill as client services manager in the firm’s Water Business Group. Based in the company’s Boston office, Ragucci will work with municipalities and private companies throughout New England. He brings 18 years of experience in utility management, corporate communications, and public policy to his new position. Prior to joining CH2M Hill, he worked for Covanta Energy and Covanta Water where he developed community relations strategies to promote partnerships and support local business objectives at waste-to-energy, domestic independent power and water/wastewater facilities. He also served as community relations manager for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority in Boston.

Pentair group adds Levin
Scott Levin was appointed president of the Pentair Pump Group. He will be responsible for the Ashland, Ohio, operations of the Pump Group; Aurora Pump in North Aurora, Ill., and Fairbanks Morse Pump Co. in Kansas City, Kansas. Levin has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Cincinnati, a doctorate degree in comparative literature from Indiana University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University. The Pentair Pump Group is a wholly-owned unit of Pentair Inc. a manufacturer whose core businesses compete in tools, water technologies and enclosures markets.

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