RAI appoints product manager
Amsterdam RAI, the organizer of the Aquatech series of water technology trade expos worldwide, has appointed Xander De Bruine as Aquatech Senior Product Manager. De Bruine joined Amsterdam RAI in 2002 as product manager for Grafivak, a Dutch trade show for print media. He will be responsible for organizing the Aquatech trade exhibitions, working with exhibitors and stakeholders to ensure that Aquatech retains its place as the ‘world’s premier water technology show.’

HydroFlo company names new COO
Deanna Britt, a former Office Manager for HydroFlo, Inc., has been named Chief Operating Officer of Ultra Choice Water, Inc., one of the firm’s newest portfolio companies. Britt will be responsible for running the daily operations, as well as managing any and all marketing and sales responsibilities to promote the company’s opportunities. “She has handled the immense responsibility of her current position with such professionalism that we felt more than compelled to promote her to the level to which she is best suited,” said Dennis Mast, CEO of HydroFlo.

Graziano to lead Water Partnership Council
Leonard F. Graziano, the President and CEO of Severn Trent Services, has been named President of the Water Partnership Council. Serving for a one-year term, he will be responsible for directing the WPC mission to advance the cause of sustainable water quality in the United States by helping communities and companies achieve safer operation of their water and waste water treatment facilities. Based in Washington D.C., the Council is a consortium of water treatment companies promoting public-private partnerships to address water infrastructure and development needs.

Groth named president of ABS
ABS Group, a manufacturer of pumps, mixers, aerators, compressors, controls and other monitoring equipment, has named Fredrik Groth as its newest President. Groth, who joined ABS Group in 2004 as Chief Financial Officer, succeeds former president Peter Aru, now CEO and President of CARDO. Groth has held many general management and finance positions in the industry and spent two years in private equity and venture capital working for the Swedish 6th National Pension Fund.

Zenon appoints VP for Europe
Zenon Environmental has appointed James (Jim) W. Hotchkies as Senior Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. An eight-year veteran of Zenon, he’ll be responsible for helping the company grow business across all market sectors in those regions. “We are strongly committed to expanding our European markets,” said Zenon CEO Andrew Benedek. “For this reason we have selected one of the company’s most promising vice presidents to head up the new structure.”

WEF names Editorial Director
The Water Environment Federation has hired Melissa Jackson as Editorial Director. Jackson will be responsible for managing and directing all aspects of the Magazines and Newsletters Department, including WEF’s flagship publication, Water Environment and Technology. She is the former Director of Publications for the National Insulation Association and served as an editor on ARMY Magazine.

McNeely joins Metals & Arsenic
Metals & Arsenic Removal Technology, Inc. has named Keith McNeely Vice President of Industrial and Municipal Sales. A former District Manager for NALCO Chemical Company, McNeely brings more than 25 years of military and corporate management expertise to the position. He will be responsible for expanding and managing the industrial and municipal markets to ensure the sales and distribution of the company’s MARTI product line continues to be negotiated with major buyers around the world.

Insituform® promotes two
Insituform® Technologies, Inc. has promoted Thomas E. Vossman from Area Vice President for the Southwestern United States to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Tim Minahan from Chief Information Officer to Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Vossman joined the company in January and quickly spurred successes in the southwestern region. He is the former Senior Vice President of Houston-based American Residential Services and Regional President for Encompass Service Corporation. Minahan joined Insituform in 2003 and is responsible for the company’s operational and strategic leadership of networks, help desk, enterprise resource and policy technology planning, telecommunications and related vendor management.

Richardson to lead AWWA
Andy W. Richardson, a principal and Director of the Phoenix and Las Vegas offices of Greeley and Hansen consulting firm, has been named President of the American Water Works Association. Richardson, who took office at ACE05 (the AWWA Annual Conference and Exhibition) succeeds Kathryn L. McCain. “We need to view AWWA and our country’s infrastructures as vital assets we are holding in trust for the next generation to come,” Richardson said in his inaugural address. A 20-year veteran of the association, he chairs the AWWA Strategic Planning Committee and has served on other Board committees, as well as committees on water reuse and international issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and masters degrees in civil engineering and business administration. His father, William H. Richardson, was AWWA President from 1984-85.

Rowley joins G.A. Murdock
G.A. Murdock, Inc. has appointed Perry Rowley of Rowley International as their new Sales Representative covering Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia and Ontario, Canada. Rowley has more than 11 years experience in the water filtration markets as a District Sales Manager for Oasis Corporation. G.A. Murdock is a manufacturer and distributor of Fluid System products, including quick-connect fittings, valves, and tubing. Rowley can be reached at rowleyinternational@earthlink.net.

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