Desalitech Appoints Mike Spinhirne as Senior Vice President of Sales
Growing water treatment company adds another industry veteran to executive
BOSTON -- August 28, 2013
Desalitech, a provider of high-efficiency water and effluent treatment
solutions, announced today that it has appointed industry veteran Mike
Spinhirne to be the company’s Senior Vice President of Sales. Spinhirne will
be responsible for managing the company’s market strategy and overseeing U.S.
Spinhirne joins an executive team of industry veterans that includes CEO Nadav
Efraty, who has led Desalitech since its foundation in 2008; Professor Avi
Efraty, Desalitech’s founder and CTO; Executive VP Rick Stover, former CTO of
Energy Recovery, Inc. and a current board member of the International
Desalination Association; VP of Engineering Eli Sivan, a 35-year veteran of
some of the most ambitious water treatment projects in the world; CFO Alan
Barber; and Patrick Regan, formerly of GE Water & Process Technologies.
“Desalitech is fundamentally changing the environmental sustainability and
underlying economics of water and effluent treatment,” said Mike Spinhirne,
who has more than three decades of experience in water industry sales.
“Desalitech is delivering an innovative high-efficiency solution that creates
compelling savings and a clear return on investment for industrial customers.”
According to Spinhirne, Desalitech is able to generate significant savings
across industries and create opportunities to employ reverse osmosis
technology where previously it has not been economically justified.
Industry accounts for nearly 60 percent of fresh water withdrawals in the
developed world, according to UNESCO, putting tremendous stress on water
resources and driving the fundamental and increasing need for more efficient
and cost-effective water supply and wastewater treatment solutions. Reverse
osmosis (RO) is an effective and widely-applied technology for water treatment
and desalination, yet current RO systems waste both water and energy.
Desalitech’s Closed Circuit Desalination (CCD™) solutions are the first major
improvement in RO water treatment in decades, lowering costs by 20 to 60
percent by increasing water-use efficiency, reducing energy consumption,
increasing flexibility and reliability and greatly reducing the emission of
brine waste. With their unique capability of extracting purified water from
challenging sources at high recovery rates, CCD products are ideal for
industrial water and effluent treatment, agricultural water supply and inland
“Few people are as seasoned and well-respected in the water industry as Mike,
and we’re thrilled to have him on board,” said Nadav Efraty, Desalitech CEO.
“He brings the leadership and relationships we need to accelerate our rollout
of industry-changing innovations in water and effluent treatment into the
power, food and beverage, agriculture and other industrial sectors. Mike’s
joining is another vote of confidence from an experienced water expert that
recognizes how our products can change the economics of water treatment,
providing more reliable, cost-effective solutions to maximize the performance
of industrial manufacturing operations.”
Spinhirne began his sales career in 1981 as a district sales engineer for Betz
Laboratories and has held various management positions in the Midwest and in
Texas, with experience working for GE Water Technologies. Spinhirne most
recently managed a team that coordinated the integration of Siemens Water
Technologies Corp. into the newly formed Siemens Industry Inc. as vice
president of sales.
Desalitech provides resource and cost efficient water and effluent treatment
solutions. Its patented next-generation CCD™ process is a highly flexible and
low energy water treatment platform that represents the first major
improvement in RO water treatment in decades. CCD systems lower treatment
costs by 20 to 60 percent by increasing water-use efficiency, reducing energy
consumption, increasing flexibility and reliability and greatly reducing the
emission of brine waste. With their unique capability of extracting purified
water from challenging sources at high recovery rates, CCD products are ideal
for industrial water and effluent treatment, agricultural water supply and
inland brackish desalination.
Kearns & West
Chaat Butsunturn, +1-415-391-7900, x1214
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