Great Lakes names new officers
Jeffrey Potrzebowski and Maurizio Butti were elected corporate officers of Great Lakes Chemical Corp., of Indianapolis, a leading producer of specialty chemicals and consumer products.
Potrzebowski, who joined the company in 1993, is vice president of investor relations and financial analysis. He was named investor relations director in 1996 and promoted to his current post in 2001. Before joining Great Lakes, he was with Stewart-Warner Corp.—a subsidiary of BTR Inc.—USG Corp. and Price Waterhouse, where he spent 10 years.
Butti was promoted to executive vice president and general manager of polymer stabilizers and replaces Henri Steinmetz as corporate officer. Butti is based in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, where the Great Lakes Polymer Stabilizers business is headquartered.
Since 2000, Butti was vice president of business management and marketing for polymer stabilizers. He joined Great Lakes in 1994, where he directed business development for the polymer stabilizers business. From 1985 to 1994, he handled strategic planning for Enichem Synthesis, after serving in product management at SOL Industrie.
Squires gets post at Watts
Watts Water Technologies Inc., of North Andover, Mass., announced the promotion of Alan Squires to vice president of sales, Wholesale Plumbing & Heating Products. He has extensive experience in the plumbing industry as an independent sales representative, factory sales manager and most recently as the director of sales for Watts Drainage Products. Squires is the former president of the Georgia chapter of American Society of Safety Engineers and is a certified backflow tester.
Ozone firm hires Steffens
Henrik Steffens joined Benicia, Calif.-based Pacific Ozone Technology Inc. as international sales and marketing manager. He is Norwegian by birth with 10 years executive experience in Sweden and Latin America, and speaks English, Spanish and Norwegian. Steffens holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington State University, was general manager for SM Triplex in Chile most recently. With a wide variety of ozone application and commercial experience, he brings a range of specific ozone expertise from fishing and salmon industry, aquaculture, food processing, wine industry and bottled water.
Hayes, Wells join the IBWA
Alexandria, Va.-based International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) welcomes two new staff members: Jerry Hayes, director of government relations, and Bridget Wells, manager of communications. Hayes joined IBWA on March 22 and his primary responsibilities include educating and positively impacting legislation and regulation of interest to the bottled water industry; and keeping IBWA members informed and involved with such issues. Wells joined IBWA on May 17. Her primary duties will include media relations, website management and general communications activities to support members and staff. Wells holds a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications from the College of Charleston.
C. William Zadel, chairman and CEO of Mykrolis Corp., of Billerica, Mass., said in mid-June he would step down as CEO in the coming months as part of a planned retirement. The Board of Directors expects to announce a successor by late 2004 or early 2005. Zadel engineered the company’s spin-off from Millipore in August 2001.
Peter S. Kirlin, formerly CEO and chairman of Dupont Photomasks Inc., has been named vice president of business development. Kirlin also was in management at ATMI, Inc. and American Cyanamid Corp. Mykrolis develops, makes and supplies systems to precisely measure, deliver, control and purify process liquids, gases and chemicals, as well as deionized water, photoresists and vacuum systems utilized in the semiconductor manufacturing process.
Beck hires Hoyle as analyst
Jon Hoyle joins management consulting and engineering firm R.W. Beck’s Orlando, Fla. office as an analyst/project manager providing support for water and waste-related projects. Hoyle will assist with research and analysis of environmental planning projects, analysis of operating and cost data for municipal utilities, and perform studies for cost of service, efficiency evaluation, financial rates and strategic planning. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s degree in business administration from Rollins College.
Oklahoma’s Fimple wins prize
Brandon Fimple, of Vinita, Okla., was named the U.S. winner of the Stock-holm Junior Water Prize (SJWP). He will compete in the only international competition to recognize students for excellence in water science research. The student from Vinita High School studied “The Effects of Salicylic Acid Treated Poultry Litter on Forage Production, Run-off Water Phosphate Levels, and Closterium Algae Growth.” His research was selected from a pool of over 40 state SJWP winners at the national competition in Denver on June 10-12. The U.S. competition is organized by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and its member associations with support from ITT Industries and the Coca-Cola Co. ITT Industries is also the international sponsor. According to Fimple’s abstract, eutrophication resulting from phosphate pollution is one of the most costly water quality problems in North America today. Fimple was awarded $2,500 and an all-expense paid trip to Stockholm where he will compete in August against winners of 28 national competitions for the international honor, who will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a crystal sculpture. Three U.S. finalists were also awarded $500 each. They include Balaji Sridhar, of Denver; Abigail Hines, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Elizabeth Welsh, of Proctor, Minn.