Director position
Watts Water Technologies, Inc. announced that Sam Blankson joined the company as Director of North American Distribution, responsible for all domestic distribution locations. He brings extensive experience in supply chain and customer support disciplines to the position. Blankson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration and a postgraduate degree in transport studies from the University of London, UK. He will be based in Spindale, North Carolina.

Bhan appointed Degremont CEO
Degremont, S.A. appointed Shyam J. Bhan, a 22-year water industry veteran, as Chief Executive Officer-North America. He succeeds former CEO Marc Hauchecorne and will head four water and wastewater equipment providers and manufacturers (Infilco Degremont Inc., Ozonia North America, Anderson Water Systems and Degremont Ltd.-Canada) recently unified under the Degremont Technologies (SUEZ) banner. Bhan holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in civil engineering from the University of Kashmir, India; an MS Degree in environmental engineering from the University of North Dakota and an MBA from Syracuse University. He will be based in New Jersey.

PHSI Europe appointment announced
Stefaan Wallaert was appointed PHSI Europe’s Business Manager responsible for overseeing sales and service activities from his office in Belgium. Previously, he held sales management positions with Danfoss and Emac. Wallaert has been recognized for his international business acumen with awards for design, engineering and sales accomplishments. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in electromechanical engineering from Catholic University College of Bruges (Ostend, Belgium).

Cathcart retirement announced
Pentair, Inc. announced the retirement of Richard J. Cathcart as Vice Chairman and Director of the company, effective September 1. He joined Pentair in 1995 as Executive Vice President for Business Development. Cathcart was named Executive Vice President and President of the company’s Water Group the following year. He became Chief Operating Officer of the Group in 2000; in 2005, he was appointed Vice Chairman to lead Pentair’s international business initiatives. Cathcart holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in engineering from the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. and served as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War.

Buchanan appointed at Chemilizer
Chemilizer Products, Inc. appointed Mike Buchanan General Sales Manager in charge of cultivating relationships with existing dealers. He will be responsible for expanding the company’s presence in the water treatment, fertigation and swimming pool markets. Formerly the Sales Manager for New Advantage, he brings a strong track record in technical sales to the position. Buchanan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in economics at the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in economics from Wayne State University.

Calgon Directors announced
Calgon Carbon Corporation announced that Thomas A. McConomy retired as Chairman of the Board of Directors; John S. Stanik was elected as new Chairman and Seth E. Schofield was named Lead Director. McConomy joined the company as a Service Engineer in 1955 and held positions of increasing responsibility over the next 30 years. He retired as President and CEO in 1994 but again served in that capacity in 1998 and 1999. McConomy was a member of the Board of Directors for 22 years and was re-elected as Chairman in 2003. Stanik joined Calgon Carbon in 1991 as Director, Engineered Systems. Since that time, he has held positions of increasing responsibility and was elected interim President and CEO 2003. He joined the board in October 2003. Schofield has been a Director since 1995 and has served on every board committee. He currently chairs the Executive and Governance Committees, is a member of the Compensation Committee and serves on the boards of US Steel and Marathon Oil Coporations. Schofield was formerly Chairman of Base International and Chairman and CEO of USAir Group.

Taylor sales and marketing expanded
Taylor Technologies, Inc. announced three new Sales and Marketing team members. Jarad Proctor was appointed Technical Support Specialist responsible for answering technical questions and representing the company at trade shows. A degreed biologist, Proctor previously worked in product development at National Geographic. Heather Harris joined the company as Customer Service Representative. She brings extensive call center experience to the position and was previously with MCI and American Collectibles Network. Kathy Cox was appointed to the newly created position of Marketing Coordinator to provide market research for new product development. Previously, she was a Forecast and Market Research Analyst. Cox earned an MBA in marketing from Loyola College, Maryland.

Welsch and Graham honored by PACS
Dr. Christopher Welsch of Merck Sharpe and Dome and Dr. James Graham of US Filter (now Siemens) have been honored as winners of the 2007 Activated Carbon Hall of Fame Award. The award is presented at each activated carbon conference to very worthy individuals. Dr. Graham will deliver a plenary lecture at the annual International Activated Carbon Conference in October.

Das joins HaloSource
HaloSource Technologies Pvt. Ltd., of India hired Manoj Kumar Das as Chief Executive. Based at HaloSource Technologies headquarters in Bangalore, the native of India will oversee the company’s business dealings including manufacturing operations in Kalyan Nagar. Das will be the primary liaison with HaloSource Technologies’ partner for water purification systems, Eureka Forbes. He has more than 30 years of experience spanning manufacturing, sales, marketing, corporate communications and general business management. Das holds Bachelor’s Degrees in chemistry and in chemical engineering from Calcutta University, earned a diploma in business management from the All India Management Association (AIMA) and is a member of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Sterling Water named winner
The Eau Claire (Wisconsin) Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Sterling Water, Inc. dba Culligan of Eau Claire, received the organization’s prestigious annual Small Business of the Year Award for 2007. To qualify, a business must show significant performance and excellence in eight areas including growth, entrepreneurial spirit, innovativeness, financial stability and community involvement. The award was accepted by Bret P. Tangley, CWS-V, President of Sterling Water Culligan.

Water Tec (Ariz.) changes
Water Tec of Tucson (Arizona), which includes Water Tec of Phoenix and Water Tec of Nevada, announced the hiring of Tom Orton as Purchasing and Warehouse Manager and Garrett Economy for Technical Support and Commercial Systems Design, adding to the firm’s decades of combined industry experience. Orton will head the Purchasing Department and will also be involved in sales. Economy earned a BA Degree in electronics from Pima Community College (Ariz.); he will be the primary commercial RO and water softener/ filter Project Engineer and head the Technical Support Department. Leigh DeGrave remains company President; Jennifer DeGrave continues as Corporate Secretary.

A photo of Blancett’s Sales Manager Mike Batzner was inadvertently used to identify Lou Phelps in the People section of the May 2007 issue. This is a photo of Phelps when he received the company’s top sales award.



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