NSF International, an independent organization that protects human health and the environment, has appointed Pierre Sbabo vice president of its water systems division, Rick Andrew general manager of its drinking water treatment units program and Grant Thornley business development director of its water systems division.
“Adding Pierre, Rick and Grant to the NSF water division team further strengthens our capabilities in the water sector,” said Kevan P. Lawlor, NSF International president and CEO. “Their 50 years of combined experience in international business development, client service and program management will help NSF customers access new markets to grow their business globally.”
As vice president, Sbabo will focus on the geographic growth of the division while simplifying the product certification process and continuing to strengthen customer service. Sbabo also will 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. In this role, he established the infrastructure for the company’s operations across Thailand, India, China, Korea and Taiwan. In addition, Sbabo led the development of the new NSF Shanghai Testing Technology Company, which is NSF’s Shanghai laboratory.
Prior to joining NSF, Sbabo served as the international business leader for General Electric Co.’s residential and commercial water and process technologies in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region. He has a master’s degree in marketing and international business from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Chambery (the Business school in Chambery) in France.
Working closely with Sbabo, Andrew will manage all facets of the NSF Drinking Water Treatment Units Program in his new role as general manager. For 12 years, Andrew has worked in this NSF program in rolesofincreasing responsibility to support standards activities and certification of residential point-of-use and point-of-entry water treatment products. Most recently, Andrew servedas operations manager, where he led technical operations and business development activities.
Prior to joining NSF, Andrew worked 12 years as an analytical chemist and consultant specializing in environmental and industrial process areas. He has a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, both from the University of Michigan.
Supporting Sbabo and Andrew will be Thornley, business development director for the NSF water systems division. Thornley will assist companies worldwide with their water testing and certification needs. With 20 years of experience in the industrial and municipal water and wastewater markets, Thornley has helped companies grow in chemical, physical and biological treatment processes as well as water distribution. He has worked with Norit, REHAU (Unlimited Polymer Solutions), GE Water, Siemens Water Technologiesand Nalco. Most recently, he served as principal consultant of 101 Water Consulting Group, having strategized product positioning, market analysis and competitive strategies for client offerings. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and is pursuing a master’s degree in business at the University of Edinburgh.
About NSF International
NSF International has been testing and certifying products for safety, health and the environment since 1944. As an independent public health and safety organization, NSF’s mission is to protect human health and the environment through standards development, inspection, testing and certification for the food, water, build/construction, retail, consumer products, chemical and health science industries.Operating in more than 120 countries, NSF is committed to protecting human health worldwide and is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. NSF Sustainability draws upon this expertise in standards development, product assurance and certification to help companies green their products, operations, systems and supply chains. NSF also founded the National Center of Sustainability Standards, a national initiative to support the development of sustainability standard activities.