Is the water industry on the edge of something big, or is real growth always destined to be in the future? With companies making big bets on the market, and investors taking renewed interest in the sector, what is the outlook? The people at the top of the water business give their view of what the future holds.
Including Jeff Sterba, CEO of American Water, Bob Bailey, President of the Water Group at CH2M Hill, Greg Hyland, CEO of Mueller Water Products, Dan McCarthy, President and CEO of Black and Veatch Water, and Bertrand Camus, CEO of United Water. Chaired by Andy Seidel, CEO of Underground Solutions.
Bob Bailey is President of the Water Group at CH2M Hill.
Bertrand Camus serves as CEO of United Water's nationwide water and wastewater operations. These encompass both regulated and non-regulated businesses. In addition, he is CEO of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT North America.
Prior to joining United Water, Camus served as director of internal audit for SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, United Water's parent company. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing compliance within the Group's operations in 30 countries around the world.
He is a graduate of Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chausses where he received a degree in civil engineering. He is also a certified internal auditor.
Gregory E. Hyland has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since October 2005 and as President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2006. Mr. Hyland served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Walter Industries, Inc. (now Walter Energy, Inc.), a homebuilding, financial services and natural resources company, from September 2005 until December 2006. Prior to that time, Mr. Hyland served as President, U.S. Fleet Management Solutions of Ryder System, Inc., a transportation and logistics company, from June 2005 to September 2005. He served as Executive Vice President, U.S. Fleet Management Solutions of Ryder from October 2004 to June 2005. From December 2003 to September 2004, Mr. Hyland was not employed. He was President of the Industrial Products Segment for Textron, Inc., a multi-industry company, from February 2002 to August 2003 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Textron Golf, Turf and Specialty Products from January 2001 to January 2002. From September 1997 to December 2000, Mr. Hyland served as President of the Engineered Products Group, Flow Control Division of Tyco International, a diversified manufacturing conglomerate. Mr. Hyland is a member of the Board of Directors of Ferro Corporation. Mr. Hyland graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his Bachelor's and Master of Business Administration Degrees.
Dan McCarthy, President and CEO of B&V Water and a member of the Black & Veatch Board of Directors since 2005, oversees the company's global water business. McCarthy earned his Civil Engineering degree from Iowa State University in 1975 and his Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1982. Since joining Black & Veatch in 1976, he has served in roles with progressive leadership responsibilities, including President of the B&V Water Americas Division. He currently serves as a board member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, an advisory group member for the Singapore International Water Week and chair of the Water Environment Federation International Program Committee. He has also served as a board member for the American Water Works Association. McCarthy has presented at many global, regional and local conferences for the water/wastewater industry, as well as at a wide range of business, civic and political forums.
Andy Seidel is CEO of Underground Solutions, an infrastructure technology and pipeline rehabilitation company.
Jeffry Sterba is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of American Water, the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. Mr. Sterba brings more than 30 years of exceptional operational experience and a wealth of industry knowledge to American Water.
Mr. Sterba leads a team of more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 16 million people in 35 states and Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. He is responsible for developing the overall strategy and vision of American Water and directing its key business development initiatives.
Mr. Sterba attended Washington University in St. Louis, earning a bachelor's degree and completing post-graduate work in economics, and was accepted as a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago. He resides in Philadelphia, and is married with two grown children.
Jeff Sterba, President and CEO of American Water, discusses the obstacles and opportunities presented by the economic downturn. He explains that one of the biggest challenges is overcoming the myth that private companies are "buying" public water.