Baert, Melhem named to Watts positions
Watts Water Technologies, Inc. elected Bernard Baert to its Board of Directors, and was appointed by the Board to serve as a member of both the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He has served as Senior VP and President, Europe and International of PolyOne Corporation since January 2010. Previous positions include Senior VP and GM, Color and Engineered Materials (Europe and Asia); GM, Color (Europe) at M.A. Hanna Company, PolyOne’s predecessor and GM (Europe) for Hexcel Corporation. The company also appointed Elie Melhem President of Asia. Previously, he worked at Ariston Thermo Group as Managing Director of China operations and spent 11 years with ITT Industries in China, where he held several management positions. Melhem replaces Michael P. Flanders, who left at the end of August.
Koehn, Herring added to Pentair staff
Pentair Residential Filtration announced the addition of two new team members to its American Plumber® and WELLMATE® brands. Heather Koehn has been hired as Channel Marketing Manager for the Wholesale Division and Rafael Herring joins as Regional Sales Manager covering the western US. Koehn will oversee all marketing strategy and will be responsible for building awareness and growing sales for both brands. Prior to joining Pentair Residential Filtration, she was a Product Manager at Bradley Corporation. Koehn earned Bachelors’ Degrees in business management and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is also a 2012 candidate for an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Herring will be responsible for managing all product sales in the western territory and will work closely with the Pentair Residential Filtration Wholesale team to increase sales, market share and profitability within the Wholesale Plumbing and Water Systems Channels. Before coming on board with Pentair Residential Filtration, Herring held regional sales positions with John Guest USA, Ecological Pallets, Ltd. and State Industrial Products.
The International Ozone Association’s (IOA) general assembly elected Jeff Neemann, Assistant Director of Water Treatment Technology for Black & Veatch, as the association’s next President at its World Congress in Paris, France, in late May. Neemann, who currently serves as IOA International Treasurer and previously served as IOA Pan American Group President and IOA International Secretary, will begin his two-year term in January 2012. He will share goals for his term in a ceremony at the 2nd North American Conference on Ozone, Ultraviolet & Advanced Oxidation Technologies in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, September 18-21, which is jointly organized by IOA and the International Ultraviolet Association.
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) President Jack Krecek selected Tim Doyle of Amerikam, Inc., as co-chair to help lead PMI’s Member Services Committee. He will serve alongside existing Co-Chair Rick Reles of Kohler Co. Doyle is the quality assurance manager and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) management representative for Amerikam. He oversees the development, implementation and maintenance of the quality management system. While effective immediately, Doyle’s three-year term officially begins with the 2011 PMI Fall Conference, September 18-21 in Washington, DC.
IDA scholarship winners announced
The International Desalination Association (IDA) awarded the 2011 Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship to Errol M. Glenn of the USA and Sim Siang Tze Victor of Singapore. Glenn attends the University of California, Irvine, pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental engineering. He earned an M.S. Degree in mechanical engineering at the US Naval Postgraduate School and a B.S. Degree in mechanical engineering at the US Merchant Marine Academy. Sim Siang Tze Victor, who also received the Channabasappa Scholarship Award in 2010, is a PhD Candidate at the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with First Class Honors in applied chemistry in 2008 and has achieved various academic awards.
Bruursema, Sbabo appointments at NSF
Tom Bruursema was recently named General Manager of NSF Sustainability and Pierre Sbabo was named Vice President of NSF’s Water Systems Division. Bruursema will lead the growing portfolio of Sustainability services that assists organizations in greening their products, operations, systems and supply chains. He has 25 years of experience in the fields of sustainability, environmental technology and water systems. Prior to his new appointment, Bruursema managed the NSF testing and certification program for onsite wastewater treatment technologies and led the development of the American National Standards for water reuse treatment technologies. He holds a Master of Science Degree in biology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in medical technology from Eastern Michigan University. In addition to his NSF role, Bruursema serves as Chair of the WQA International Standards and Regulations Task Force and is a former Board Member of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA). Sbabo will focus on geographic growth of the Water Systems Division while simplifying the product certification process and continuing to strengthen customer service. He will also oversee the development of new standards and services to support emerging water treatment technologies worldwide. Sbabo brings 16 years of water industry and international business development experience, most recently serving as Managing Director of NSF’s Asia-Pacific operations based in Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to joining NSF, he served as the International Business Leader for GE Water & Process Technologies in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Sbabo holds a Master’s Degree in marketing and international business from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Chambery in France.
Hume chosen Executive Director, MGWA
The National Ground Water Association’s (NGWA) CFO Paul Humes, CPA, began serving as the Michigan Ground Water Association (MGWA) Executive Director in August. MGWA Board of Directors have contracted with NGWA as the management firm for MGWA. Humes has been in association management for more than 20 years and with NGWA for 16 of those years.
WEF excellence awards recipients announced
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the winners of its 2011 Excellence Awards, which will be presented during WEFTEC® 2011, in October. The awards and recipients included: Camp Applied Research Award: Dr. Henryk Melcer; Emerson Distinguished Service Medal: Dr. Charles A. Sorber; Fair Distinguished Engineering Educator Medal: Dr. Nancy Love; Innovative Technology Award: Adaptive N-Impeller™, ITT Water and Wastewater USA (Collection Systems Category), Member Association Achievement Award: Puerto Rico Water & Environment Association; Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional Award: Tom Johnson; Public Education Award: Jeffrey Kalmes (Individual) and LOTT Clean Water Alliance (Other); and WEF Canham Graduate Studies Scholarship, Trevor Ghylin.
Baert, Melhem named to Watts positions
Watts Water Technologies, Inc. elected Bernard Baert to its Board of Directors, and has been appointed by the board to serve as a member of both the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. He has served as Senior VP and President, Europe and International of PolyOne Corporation since January 2010. Previous positions include Senior VP and GM, Color and Engineered Materials (Europe and Asia); GM, Color (Europe) at M.A. Hanna Company—PolyOne’s predecessor—and GM (Europe) for Hexcel Corporation. The company also appointed Elie Melhem President of Asia. Previously, he worked at Ariston Thermo Group as Managing Director of China operations and spent 11 years with ITT Industries in China, where he held several management positions. Melhem replaces Michael P. Flanders, who left at the end of August.
Beckman named MIOX VP
MIOX Corporation announced the hiring of Craig Beckman as Executive Vice President of Business Development, who will play a key role in MIOX’s aggressive business growth strategy. He will be responsible for driving new partner development and new product commercialization to dramatically increase the company’s distribution capacity and access to markets worldwide. Beckman will lead the company’s efforts to identify new global business opportunities and provide new partners with customized service solutions, while leveraging MIOX’s position as a leading provider of onsite chemical generation. Previously, he served as VP of Global Commercial Development at GE Water. Beckman’s 19 years of water industry experience includes roles in application engineering, marketing, sales and sales management at membrane filtration companies Osmonics and GE Water. He holds a BS Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Craver named AdEdge Sales Manager
Doug Craver has joined AdEdge Water Technologies as Western Regional Sales Manager. Headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, he will be responsible for sales in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. Craver brings more than 30 years’ experience in the water treatment industry, serving in capacities ranging from application engineering, system design to sales and system start-ups. He has traveled extensively throughout the Southwest and has significant international business experience, having traveled to over 30 countries. Craver earned BS Degrees in aquatic biology and chemistry from Northern Arizona University in 1981.
Singh promoted at KMS
Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. has promoted Manwinder (Manny) Singh to Senior Vice President, Technology. He will be responsible for KMS’ full range of product research and development activities, including functional groups responsible for research and development, quality and reliability, and process engineering and design. Based at KMS headquarters in Wilmington, MA, he joined the company in April 2010 as Vice President of Technology Product Management. Previously, Singh held engineering and managerial positions at ZENON/GE Water and Process Technologies. He holds a Master’s Degree in civil engineering from University of Toronto.