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.
Chief Financial Officer
Joshua Ballard is the Chief Financial Officer at Energy Recovery, where he is responsible for the finance, accounting, information technology, human resources, and investor relations organizations for the Company. He brings more than 20 years of finance and operations experience, both domestically and internationally, working across a variety of industries within complex organizations to successfully navigate high growth.
Chief Technology Officer
Farshad Ghasripoor is the Chief Technology Officer at Energy Recovery, where he has been responsible for the evolution and growth of the Pressure Exchanger (PX) beyond seawater reverse osmosis into a platform for products that span several new applications and industries. He has built a world-class engineering organization that has become the driving force behind Energy Recovery’s product development efforts with a focus on future derivatives of the Pressure Exchanger technology. He has been instrumental for the rapid growth and diversification of the business into multiple segments. He has extensive knowledge in various facets of engineering including mechanics of materials, fluid dynamics and turbomachinery in general.
Chief Legal Officer
William Yeung is Chief Legal Officer at Energy Recovery, bringing extensive knowledge and sound judgement to the legal, corporate governance and intellectual property functions. Previously, he served as the General Counsel and Secretary for SharesPost, Inc. and a senior legal executive for Thomas Weisel Partners Group Inc. and Socialutions, Inc.
Senior Vice President, Water
Rodney Clemente is the Senior Vice President of Water at Energy Recovery, where he leads the Company’s water business unit with responsibility for water sales, strategy and business development activities, as well as development and engineering for existing and new water solutions. A 20+ year veteran of Energy Recovery, Mr. Clemente brings deep experience in the water business and an intimate knowledge of global desalination markets, both of which have been integral to the Company’s global market leadership.
Kuo-Chiang (K-C) Chen
Vice President, CO2
Kuo-Chiang (K-C) Chen is Vice President of CO2 at Energy Recovery, where he led a multi-disciplinary team through the research and development, product delivery, and go-to-market strategy of our PX G1300 device for CO2 systems. Mr. Chen brings years of new product development expertise to Energy Recovery and has managed over 20 commercialized engineering projects from concept to production, working cross-functionally to align technology efforts with strategic business needs.
Vice President, Operations
Nocair Bensalah is the Vice President of Operations at Energy Recovery, where he is responsible for the development and execution of the Company’s operations strategy, including all processes involved in the procurement and provision of the Company’s products. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt, well versed in lean principles, and an expert at identifying and capitalizing on process improvement opportunities in any business environment.
VICE PRESIDENT, INVESTOR RELATIONS
James Siccardi is Vice President of Investor Relations at Energy Recovery, where he is responsible for ensuring that management’s strategy is understood by the investment community. He serves as a liaison between Company management and Wall Street analysts, and between Company management and Main Street institutional investors. He is responsible for ensuring that Energy Recovery’s Executive management team and its Board of Directors understands, and adequately responds to, the needs of its external stakeholders.
Vice President, Marketing and Sustainability
Kelley Vendeland is the Vice President of Marketing and Sustainability at Energy Recovery, where she oversees the company’s sustainability program, corporate communications, branding, market intelligence, and product marketing, and drives strategy to maintain a position of leadership in our core markets and expand to new ones.