Severn Trent appoints Bitter
Dennis Bitter has been appointed North American Sales Manager for Severn Trent Services’ Water Purification Arsenic Treatment Products. Bitter was Southwest Regional Arsenic Sales Manager and in his new position, he will be responsible for all North American arsenic solutions sales channels including manufacturing representatives and strategic partners. Steven Wood succeeds Bitter as new Southwest Regional Arsenic Sales Manager.

IBWA names Hirst as VP
Robert Hirst has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Education, Science and Technical Relations at the International Bottled Water Association. Hirst, a seven-year IBWA veteran, worked previously in the association through technical and regulatory education, good safety and security, technical services, and management of IBWA’s HACCP and GMP-based plant inspection program. “Bob is smart, conscientious, diligent, hardworking and is well liked by staff and members,” said IBWA President Joe Doss. Hirst has written for WC&P in the past, most recently in Sept. 2005, on bottled water’s role in homeland security.

Milton joins American Water
American Water Inc., the nation’s largest private water company, has appointed Glenn Milton to the position of Vice President of Customer Services. Milton will be responsible for directing the company’s customer service plans and overseeing the day-to-day operations for the customer service centers in Alton, Ill. and Pensacola, Fla. He has 20 years of call center management experience, most recently as the Senior Director of call center operations for Innotrac, a 550-person call center and fulfillment outsourcing company located in Colorado.

Flowserve names Kling as President/CEO
The Flowserve Corp. Board of Directors has selected Lewis M. Kling as President, CEO and member of the board. Kling currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at Flowserve and will succeed interim-Chairman, President and CEO Kevin E. Sheehan. He has more than 35 years experience with companies such as GE, SPX, Harris and AlliedSignal. The company said it does not currently plan to name a successor to Kling in the COO role.

A.J. Antunes promotions
A.J. Antunes & Co., manufacturer of countertop foodservice equipment, water filtration systems, electronic controls and air and gas pressure switches, has promoted Scott March to the newly created position of Director of New Business Development. March assumes responsibility for the development of new and OEM sales opportunities for the company’s water filtration and foodservice divisions and serves as technical liaison between customers and the company’s engineering and sales departments. Previously Engineering Manager for the firm’s foodservice and filtration divisions, March began his career there in 1985 as a model maker, transitioning to design draftsman while in college.

Additionally, the company has named Michael Muller as Vice President of Engineering. He will retain responsibility for company-wide new product development, testing and documentation and will also serve as lead liaison in a recently formed strategic design engineering agreement with Winooski, Vermont-based Colburn Treat Innovations. Before joining A.J. Antunes & Co. in 2002 as Managing Director of Corporate Engineering, Muller served as Director of Engineering for CookTek Induction

Sethco appoints Sales and Marketing Manager
Diane M. Laverty is now Sales and Marketing Manager of the Sethco Division of Met-Pro Corporation. Laverty comes to Sethco with more than 20 years experience in the pump industry, including five years as the General Manager of LMI/Milton Roy Co. Sethco is a manufacturer of corrosion-resistant pumps, filter chambers and filter systems with flow rates up to 275 gpm.

Baxter & Woodman adds staff
Baxter & Woodman, Inc., an engineering firm that provides planning, design and technology services for water, wastewater and other infrastructure, has hired a handful of individuals throughout the country, including Water/Wastewater Engineer Prabhushank Chandras-ekeran at their Crystal Lake, Ill. regional office and Water Resources Engineer Kim A. Sarmento at their Grayslake, Wisc. regional office.

Wetzel promoted at R.W. Beck
R.W. Beck, Inc. announces the promotion of Edward Wetzel to Executive Vice President of Water and Waste Resources. With more than 25 years experience in the water, wastewater and environmental industries, Wetzel joined R.W. Beck back in May after working at MWH, Inc. in Denver, Colo. He will be responsible for overseeing and broadening the sale and delivery of management consulting services to water and solid waste clients throughout the United States. Wetzel replaces Russell J. Stepp who will become the firm’s new President and CEO. Stepp previously served as East Coast Director of Water


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