Heartland Water Technology Expands its Board of Directors as the Company Accelerates Growth in the Energy Sector and China
WALTHAM, Mass.- On the heels of closing a $12 million equity round in April of this year, Heartland Water Technology, Inc., a global water technology company that develops innovative products to solve some of the world’s most challenging waste water problems, today announced that it has named two high profile additions to its Board of Directors.
Kevin T. Knobloch was most recently the Chief of Staff to Secretary of Energy Ernest Monitz at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he led initiatives to meet multiple critical missions including clean energy technology, R&D and deployment; nuclear and toxic waste remediation; and energy infrastructure and security issues. He also managed the agency’s $30 billion budget and the 110,000 person workforce. Mr. Knobloch is currently Senior Research Associate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where he is spearheading a new initiative on the role of the private sector in energy innovation. Prior to his role at the Department of Energy, Mr. Knobloch served as the President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a national non-profit organization focused on bringing scientific integrity to policy and advocacy issues related to clean energy, sustainable agriculture, nuclear energy safety and nuclear weapons non-proliferation, a position he held for 10 years. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelors degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
“Kevin is a highly respected leader who brings to Heartland extensive knowledge of both established and breakthrough energy technologies, public-private collaborations and investments and energy and climate public policies at all levels,” says Robert Irwin, Director and Co-Founder of Heartland Water Technology.
Christopher Beaufait , is a technology-focused business leader with deep global experience. He was most recently Group Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific & China for Vestas, the world’s leading wind power and services company. Prior to joining Vestas, he held a variety of senior executive roles within the General Electric Company including President of China Commercial Aircraft Programs for GE Aviation, President and General Manager for GE’s Avionics business, and served as the Global Business Development Leader for GE Corporate China, Aviation and Transportation businesses. While at GE, Mr. Beaufait led the creation of Aviage Systems, the first US-China joint venture focused on serving the global avionics market. In addition to holding multiple Six Sigma certifications, he has participated in the last two World Economic forums in China, with a focus on renewable energy and artificial intelligence/automation. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mr. Beaufait is a former Naval officer and certified nuclear engineer.
“I couldn’t be more delighted that Kevin and Chris are joining our Board,” said Robert Cawthorn, Chairman of Heartland Water Technology. “Together, they bring a diversified world view, extensive global business experience and strong networks to help us shape our strategy and direction, particularly as we expand and grow in the energy sector and key markets outside the U.S including China.”
“Kevin and Chris are passionate leaders who care deeply about the things we value most at Heartland – safety, the environment, innovation, integrity and teamwork. Collectively, they bring incredible experience to our Heartland team,” added Earl Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Heartland Water Technology.
About Heartland Water Technology
Heartland Water Technology develops innovative solutions for treating the world’s most challenging waste waters. Its platform technology, the Heartland Concentrator™, has a proven ten-year track record of successfully treating difficult to treat industrial wastewaters including landfill leachate, Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) scrubber water, Brine and Ash Ponds and O&G Produced Water and Frac water. Moreover, the Heartland Concentrator can use waste heat to deliver zero liquid discharge (ZLD) in a single unit operation, with unparalleled reliability, little to no pre-treatment, and at a lower life-cycle cost than traditional evaporation technologies.