ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has announced that Dr. Eileen O'Neill has been named its new executive director, according to a press release.

O'Neill has been serving as the interim executive director since former executive director Jeff Eger resigned in July 2013, and served as deputy executive director since 2011, the release noted.

"Dr. O'Neill is an experienced association executive with strong water sector knowledge based on diverse domestic and international experience", said WEF President Sandra Ralston. "She has a proven track record during her 20-plus years with WEF delivering highly successful technical programming, increasing revenues and building partnerships."

Before becoming deputy executive director, Dr. O'Neill served as the organization's chief technical officer and, in the past several years, has been instrumental in creating national and international thought-leadership programming at WEFTEC, reported the release.

"I am honored by this appointment to a leadership role in such a great organization," said O'Neill. "It is especially exciting to serve the water profession and sector in such a time of change and opportunity. The vital role that water services play in communities is becoming increasingly clear and the need for innovative thinking and practices more widely recognized.  I have no doubt that the collective talents of our members and volunteer leaders working with WEF's dedicated staff will allow WEF to play a key role in ensuring that the promise of these new approaches is realized."