Movers & Shakers: Global Water Intelligence opens 2017 Global Water Awards nomination period

Jan. 13, 2017

The annual awards are the most coveted in the water industry, rewarding excellence in initiatives for the water, wastewater and desalination sectors.

Global Water Intelligence opens nominations for 2017 Global Water Awards

Global Water Intelligence (GWI) opened nominations for the 2017 Global Water Awards. The annual awards are the most coveted in the water industry, rewarding excellence in initiatives for the water, wastewater and desalination sectors that are moving the industry forward through improved operating performance, innovative technology adoption and sustainable financial models.

Each year, the Global Water Intelligence Awards are presented at the Global Water Summit, widely known as the leading water industry conference.

In line with the theme of this year’s Global Water Summit, Intelligent Synergies, several new awards categories have been announced for 2017 which seek to reward those initiatives bringing the digital revolution to water.

Global Water Intelligence invites all companies working in the industry to put forward nominations before January 31, 2017.  Winners will be announced and awards presented at the Global Water Awards Gala Dinner at the Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid, Spain on April 24, 2017.

For information on Global Water Intelligence award nominations criteria and rules, and a full timeline of the awards process, click HERE.

Milestones, Awards & Expansions

IDA names fellowship award recipient

Holly Johnson Churman, P.E., technology manager at Water Standard, was named the recipient of the International Desalination Association (IDA) 2016-17 Fellowship Award. Churman will receive $10,000 and participate in a four-week attachment with PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, host agency for the 2016-17 IDA Fellowship Program.

A statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, PUB is the water agency that manages Singapore’s water supply, water catchment and used water in an integrated way. PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, desalinated water), a globally recognized model for integrated water resources management.

REXA’s new Canadian subsidiary to better serve growing customer base

REXA established REXA Canada as a subsidiary for to improving customer service, technical support, and parts availability for Canadian customers in the oil and gas, refining, power generation, metals, and mining industries.

REXA Canada customers will benefit from streamlined importation of the company’s Linear and Rotary Actuators, as well as an extensive parts inventory ready for rapid shipment. In 2017, REXA Canada will add in-house repair capabilities, training, and a local service technician. The subsidiary is located in Red Deer, Alberta.

NRG continues fleet optimization strategy

NRG Energy Inc. has achieved its fleet optimization strategy, completing coal-to-gas projects at four power plants across NRG’s fleet. The successful introduction of natural gas replacing coal as the primary fuel allows these units to continue meeting customer needs while complying with current environmental standards and supporting NRG’s wider decarbonization efforts. The four plants are located in New Roads, Louisiana; Joliet, Illinois; Shawville, Pennsylvania; and New Castle, Pennsylvania.


ITT names new chief operating officer

ITT Inc. named Luca Savi as chief operating officer. In this new role, Savi will focus on driving business performance by expanding and strengthening ITT’s comprehensive management system and processes, while continuing to grow world-class operational capabilities across the company. In addition, unrelated to the structural change, Industrial Process President Aris Chicles announced he will leave the company.

TrendMiner appoints two new executives

TrendMiner, which delivers big data search and advanced predictive analytics tools to the process industry, announced the appointments of John Miller to Vice President of Strategic Accounts and Edwin van Dijk to the role of Vice President of Marketing. Miller will be based in Houston, the company’s U.S. headquarters, and Van Dijk will support global marketing efforts from TrendMiner’s European headquarters in Belgium.

Miller’s primary focus is to support current accounts and manage the company’s growth strategy by working closely with prospects, new accounts and by supporting the expansion of successful pilot programs launched by TrendMiner’s largest customers.  Miller has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, joining TrendMiner from PAS where he was the Senior Director of Strategic Accounts.

Van Dijk will be responsible for TrendMiner’s global marketing strategy, which includes a focus on educating the market on the benefits of data analytics in the process industry and the opportunities available with TrendMiner’s solutions.  His team will also focus on corporate positioning, driving customer acquisition, loyalty and retention programs, and helping to increase global brand recognition.

Prior to joining TrendMiner, Van Dijk gained more than 20 years of market expertise in various roles; all related to asset information management and related business processes for owner operators. Starting at BlueCielo ECM Solutions as business development manager for the integration between IBM Maximo and BlueCielo Meridian, Van Dijk had various positions that lead to the role as Director of Global Marketing.

Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company elects four officers

The board of directors of The Coca-Cola Company elected four new officers.  Barry Simpson, who was recently named Chief Information Officer, was elected as a Senior Vice President.  In addition, Robert Long, Global Vice President of Research and Development; Bernard McGuinness, Vice President of Science; and Darlene Nicosia, Vice President of Commercial Product Supply were elected as Vice Presidents of the company.  Each of the elections is effective immediately.

Simpson, 56, became Chief Information Officer earlier this fall, and oversees all of the company’s global information technology strategy, services and operations. A nearly 30-year IT industry veteran, Simpson joined the Coca-Cola system in 2008 as Group CIO of the Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) Group. He joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in January 2016.

Long, 59, has served as Global Vice President of Research and Development since June.  In this role, he oversees the development of strategy and supporting capability to deliver technical innovation that supports the global business. He joined the company in 2004 as Vice President of Global Packaging Platforms and played a key role in the development of contour aluminum bottles and new sustainable packaging.  He also has served as head of the company’s Research and Development Center in Tokyo and led the technical functions for Coca-Cola North America.

McGuinness, 50, is a 17-year Coca-Cola veteran who recently was appointed Vice President of Science. In this role he is responsible for leading Flavor Manufacturing, Flavor Ingredient Supply and Ingredient Quality.  Since 2012, he has been responsible for all aspects of quality assurance and the implementation of environmental and safety standards across the company’s global concentrate manufacturing operations, most recently as Director of Process Optimization and Quality for Commercial Product Supply. He joined the company in Ballina, Ireland in 1999 and was named General Manager of the Ballina facility in 2009.

As Vice President of Commercial Product Supply, Nicosia, 48, leads a multi-billion dollar supply chain responsible for the manufacturing and sale of concentrates and beverage bases to Coca-Cola bottlers globally.  Since joining the company in 1993 as an analyst in the Coca-Cola North America Fountain division, Nicosia has held positions of increasing responsibility, including as Distributor Account Executive for the company’s McDonald’s Division, Director of Procurement for the Coca-Cola Europe Group, and as the company’s Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer.

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