PEOPLE: Infilco Degremont appoints new COO

April 2, 2005
In other news: 1) Metropolitan Board appoints Underwood CEO, GM; 2) Pentair names president/COO for pump, pool markets; 3) Ross retires as president of Pennsylvania American Water, Warnock named replacement; 4) Curti joins the water/wastewater group of Hatch Mott MacDonald; 5) WAGO adds two regional sales managers, application engineer; 6) Sabzali joins Thermax USA...

In other news below, see:
-- Metropolitan Board appoints Underwood CEO, GM
-- Warnock named president of Pennsylvania American Water
-- Pentair names president/COO for pump, pool markets
-- Ross retires as president of Pennsylvania American Water
-- Curti joins the water/wastewater group of Hatch Mott MacDonald
-- WAGO adds two regional sales managers, application engineer
-- Sabzali joins Thermax USA

Infilco Degremont appoints Giannone new COO
RICHMOND, VA, April 1, 2005 -- Joe Giannone, has been appointed chief operating officer of Infilco Degremont Inc. (IDI), and remains president of Ozonia North America, as part of a strategic move by Degremont S.A. to consolidate its North American equipment business line. Degremont's equipment business line is now represented by four affiliates in North America: Infilco Degremont Inc., based in Richmond, Va.; Ozonia North America, based in Elmwood Park, N.J.; Degremont Limitée, based in Montreal, Quebec; and Anderson Water Systems, based in Dundas, Ontario.

Giannone is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the water and wastewater treatment industry.

Infilco Degremont is part of the worldwide Degremont group. Degremont employs over 3,200 people in over 70 countries and is part of SUEZ Environment, the premier environmental specialist in advanced water and waste services. SUEZ is an international multi-utility provider that employs over 190,000 people and had sales in excess of $40 billion in 2003.

Metropolitan Board appoints Underwood CEO, GM
LOS ANGELES, April 1, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dennis B. Underwood, western water expert and former commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, today was named chief executive officer and general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the region's major water importer and wholesaler.

Underwood, who had been Metropolitan's vice president of Colorado River resources, was chosen today in a special meeting of MWD's Board of Directors to become the 12th general manager in the agency's 77-year history.

Underwood fills the vacancy left by Ronald R. Gastelum, who retired Dec. 31 after 5-1/2 years at the district helm.

A cooperative of 26 member public agencies, Metropolitan provides more than 50% of the water used by 18 million people in six California counties. The district's 5,200-square-mile service area covers most of urbanized Southern California.

Warnock named president of Pennsylvania American Water
HERSHEY, PA, April 1, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Daniel Warnock has been named the new president of Pennsylvania American Water and regional managing director of American Water's Southeast Region.

Warnock, a 24-year veteran of the utility industry, has served in executive leadership positions, including chief executive officer for United Networks LTD, an international subsidiary of AQUILA, a Fortune 100 energy company. During his career, he also led both US and international companies to achieve notable records of growth, profitability and operational integrity.

In his new role, Warnock will oversee operations of the largest regulated water and wastewater utility in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania American Water provides service to approximately 2 million people in 370 communities in 35 of the state's 67 counties. In the Southeast Region, where American Water has water and wastewater operations in thirteen states and Puerto Rico, the company's regulated and non-regulated operations serve more than 6 million people in more than 600 communities.

Warnock succeeds Robert M. Ross, who retired in March 2005 after 45 years of service to American Water.

Providing quality water services for more than a century, Pennsylvania American Water is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Water. The company owns and operates 38 water treatment facilities, three wastewater facilities and approximately 8,900 miles of pipeline.

With a history of over 100 years, American Water ( provides high-quality water, wastewater and other related services to more than 18 million people in 29 states and three Canadian provinces. American Water is part of RWE Thames Water, the third largest water and wastewater services company in the world. Through its combined experience and financial strength, the company provides global expertise in water quality, research and development, customer satisfaction and security.

Pentair names president/COO for pump, pool markets
GOLDEN VALLEY, MN, March 30, 2005 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) -- Pentair announced that Charles M. Brown will rejoin the company as president and COO of Pentair Water Group's Pump and Pool operations, effective April 4. This newly created position reports to the Office of the Chairman, which consists of Pentair Chairman and CEO Randall J. Hogan and Vice Chairman Richard J. Cathcart. Brown had served as president and COO of Pentair's Tools Group from 2003 until it was acquired by Black & Decker Corporation in October 2004.

Brown rejoins Pentair from Black & Decker, where he worked from 1988-1993 and assisted in the integration of the former Pentair Tools business. Prior to 2003, when he first joined Pentair, Brown served as president of Aqua Glass Corp., a unit of Masco Corporation, a position he had held since 1996. From 1993 to 1996, Brown served as vice president of marketing for Delta Faucet, another Masco business, where he was responsible for worldwide marketing and strategic planning.

Pentair Pump is a leader in the global water and wastewater pump industry. It serves a range of markets including residential, commercial and municipal applications for sump, well and waste water; turf and agricultural spraying and irrigation; fire protection; car wash; marine; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; and water treatment. Pentair Pump products range from light-duty diaphragm pumps to high-flow turbine pumps and solid handling pumps designed for water and wastewater applications, agricultural spraying, as well as pressure tanks for residential applications. Pentair Pump brands include Sta-Rite, Myers, Hypro, Hydromatic and Fairbanks Morse, among others. Bill Waltz, president and general manager of Pump operations, will report to Brown.

Pentair Water Pool and Spa is the leading global manufacturer of pool and spa equipment and accessories used for residential and commercial pools and spas, water parks and commercial aquariums. Scott Levin, president and general manager of Pool and Spa operations, will also report to Brown.

Pentair is a diversified operating company based in Minnesota. With 2004 revenues from continuing operations of $2.28 billion, or $2.76 billion on a pro forma basis, Pentair has about 13,000 employees worldwide.

Ross retires as president of Pennsylvania American Water
HERSHEY, PA, March 29, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- Robert M. Ross, president of Pennsylvania American Water and regional managing director of the Southeast Region of American Water, retires on March 31 after 45 years of service.

Ross, a native of Wilkinsburg, Pa., and a graduate of Robert Morris College, began his long career with American Water in Pittsburgh in 1959, when he was hired as an accounting distribution auditor. After holding a variety of positions, he was elected president and CEO in 1991; in 2003, he was also appointed regional managing director of American Water's Southeast Region.

In those roles, Ross oversaw operations of the largest regulated water and wastewater utility in Pennsylvania, as well as water and wastewater operations in twelve other states and Puerto Rico. Pennsylvania American Water provides service to about two million people in 368 communities in 35 of the state's 67 counties.

After being named a director to the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) in 1978, Ross was instrumental in securing passage of the 1984 Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act and the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act in 1989. Ross assumed the lead role for the Pennsylvania Chapter NAWC in formulating and securing regulatory approval of the Collection System Improvement Charge (CSIC) in 2003 and the Distribution System Improvement Charge (DSIC) in 1996, and securing passage of the public utility provisions under Acts 67 & 68 (Growing Smarter) in 2000, the determination of public fire hydrant rates through passage of Act 23 of 1995 and Act 7 of 1995 which provides greater incentives for the acquisition of water and sewer utilities deemed nonviable in the absence of the acquisition.

American Water has announced that Daniel Warnock will succeed Ross as president of Pennsylvania American Water and regional managing director.

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, which is a unit of RWE Thames Water, provides reliable, quality water and wastewater service to over 2 million people in the Commonwealth. The company owns and operates 38 water treatment facilities, three wastewater facilities and about 8,900 miles of pipeline to serve customers in over 368 communities in 35 counties.

Curti joins the Water/Wastewater Group of Hatch Mott MacDonald
MILLBURN, NJ, March 21, 2005 - Robert Curti joined Hatch Mott MacDonald on February 14, 2005 as a Senior Project Manager in the Millburn, New Jersey office. Mr. Curti brings over 30 years of Water/Wastewater consulting experience to the firm.

Recently, he has worked with a leading worldwide consulting firm, designing wastewater pumping station upgrades and modifications, as well as CSO abatement facilities for the City of New York. These CSO facilities have included storage conduits, storage tanks, vortex facilities and screening and netting facilities."

Hatch Mott MacDonald is a full-service transportation, infrastructure and environmental engineering company. The firm offers public and private clients the complete range of services from planning, feasibility studies, conceptual through detailed design, to procurement, construction management, and full program management services, as well as operations and maintenance support. With over 30 offices in North America, and access to staff resources of over 13,000 worldwide, Hatch Mott MacDonald can respond quickly and cost-effectively to any project demand.

WAGO adds two regional sales managers, application engineer
GERMANTON, WI, March 21, 2005 -- WAGO Corp. announced that Keith Vangilder has joined its team as regional sales manager covering western Tennessee, Arkansas and northern Mississippi; Eric Langhorst will be regional sales manager covering Colorado, New Mexico, Eastern Wyoming and Eastern Montana; and Scott Becher is a new senior sales and application engineer covering the western region of North America.

With 16 years experience in the industrial controls and automation market, Vangilder joins WAGO after a career as account manager and automation specialist for an industrial controls distributor where his responsibilities included sales and support of PLC and drive systems, as well as various HMI and SCADA products. More recently, he was manager of business development for a systems integrator focusing on industrial control systems, data collection/reporting, and custom software design. He holds a degree in electrical engineering.

Langhorst has been a project engineer, project manager, materials and manufacturing manager, automation specialist and sales representative within a large array of environments and industries (i.e., petro/chem, semiconductor, biomed/pharma, material handling, etc.).

Becher comes to WAGO after an extensive career with distribution, representative and manufacturing firms that included during the last 5-1/2 years as industrial automation specialist with Square D/Schneider Electric. He holds a degree in electrical engineering.

WAGO is the worldwide leader and innovator in spring pressure connection technology designed to eliminate loose wires as a result of vibration and temperature cycling, as well as provide a highly reliable, corrosion resistant, and maintenance-free connection. Our complete line of spring pressure connection products include DIN rail mount terminal blocks, chassis mount terminal blocks, PCB mount terminal blocks, relays, signal conditioners, power supplies, surge suppressors, the WAGO I/O SYSTEM and more.

Sabzali joins Thermax USA
NOVI, MI, March 16, 2005 -- Jim Sabzali has joined Novi, Mich-based Thermax USA as general manager for its Tulsion® resin business in North and South America and the Caribbean. Thermax, which is the U.S. arm of India-based Thermax Ltd., generated about $400 million in sales in 2004 from its three divisions: Boilers, Chillers and Chemicals. It has been selling ion exchange resins in North America for over 15 years with products used in sweetener production, catalysis, residential and commercial softening, as well as industrial water treatment and groundwater remediation applications. Sabzali was formerly North American sales manager for Purolite USA. He'll operate from an office in the Philadelphia area. Contact: 610-658-0246 or [email protected].

In other personnel moves, see the following:
-- "GE appoints two new company officers"
-- "Flowserve executive appointed to Hydraulic Institute Board"


Sponsored Recommendations

SmartSights WIN-911 Alarm Notification Software Enables Faster Response

March 15, 2024
Alarm notification software enables faster response for customers, keeping production on track

Automated Fresh Water Treatment

March 15, 2024
SCADA, Automation and Control for Efficient and Compliant Operations

Digital Transformation Enables Smart Water

March 15, 2024
During this webinar we will discuss factors driving the transformation to digital water, water industry trends, followed by a summary of solutions (products & services) available...

Smart Water Solutions: Transforming the Water Universe

March 15, 2024
Water is our most valuable resource, and efficient and effective water and wastewater handling is crucial for municipalities. As industry experts, you face a number of challenges...