Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer
Robert Y. L. Mao joined Energy Recovery’s Board of Directors in Sept. 2010 and was elected as Chairman of the Board in June 2019. Mr. Mao was appointed to the concurrent role as President and CEO in May 2020, after serving as Interim President and CEO since Nov. 2019. He brings to Energy Recovery extensive experience helping and directing equipment manufacturers to successfully expand into new product and geographic markets. His strong strategic and analytic skills can guide the diversification of Energy Recovery’s product line and its growth into new global markets.
Lead Independent Director
Pamela L. Tondreau joined Energy Recovery’s Board of Directors in July 2019.
Ms. Tondreau has over three decades of experience in the technology industry and private practice as a litigation and corporate attorney. In addition to her extensive experience navigating intellectual property, contract negotiation, domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, enterprise risk management, and corporate governance matters, she brings a proven history of cultivating excellence in company culture, ensuring diversity and inclusion, and establishing programs to grow and retain corporate talent.
Alexander J. Buehler most recently served as President and CEO of the Brock Group, a leading provider of soft-craft services to the petrochemical, oil and gas refining, power, pharmaceutical, and LNG industries. From 2017-2021, he served as Executive Vice President for Global Resources at Intertek, a global, publicly traded company headquartered in London and major provider of assurance, testing, inspection, and certification services.
Joan Chow joined Energy Recovery’s Board of Directors in 2021. Ms. Chow has extensive leadership experience in retail and marketing, consumer insights, and human resources matters, and has served as senior leader at some the world’s most recognizable companies.
Olav Fjell joined the Board of Directors of the Company in June 2015. Mr. Fjell is a seasoned business leader with experience in the oil and gas industry, and high tech engineering industry. He is Chair of the Boards of Moelven AS, Nofima AS, Concedo ASA, Bene Agere Norden AS, IFE , Franzefoss AS, and Sparebank 1 Ringerike Hadeland. He also serves on the board of Lotos Exploration and Production Norge AS.
Sherif Foda has over two decades of senior-level management experience in the oil and gas industry and is the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of National Energy Services Reunited.
Arve Hanstveit has been a member of Energy Recovery’s Board of Directors and an investor in the company since Aug. 1995. Mr. Hanstveit’s early investment in the company, his experience as an investment advisor and securities analyst, his understanding of global financial markets, the global desalination market, and his extensive knowledge ERI’s products make him a tremendous asset to the company’s board of directors.
Lisa Pollina has served on Energy Recovery’s Board of Directors since Sept. 2021. She is a business executive and Board member who has negotiated over $50 Billion in corporate development deals in financial services, business services and the technology sectors. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Munich RE for the Americas (FRA: MUV2) and provides private equity advisory for alternative asset manager Ares Management (NYSE: ARES). She is the past Vice Chairman for RBC Capital Markets (NYSE: RY), and the Global Financial Institutions Executive for Bank of America Securities (NYSE: BAC).