Innovative Water Solutions
David J. Coghlan
Chief Executive Officer and President
David J. Coghlan became Chief Executive Officer, President and a Director of our Company in January 2011. He previously served as our Chief Operating Officer from January 2010 to January 2011 and as President of North America and Asia from June 2008 to January 2010. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Coghlan served as Vice President of Global Parts for Trane Inc. from April 2004 through May 2008. Trane is a global manufacturer of commercial and residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment. Mr. Coghlan also held several management positions in the United States and internationally within the Climate Control Technologies segment of Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited, a manufacturer of transport temperature control units and refrigerated display merchandisers, from 1995 to December 2003. Before joining Ingersoll-Rand, Mr. Coghlan worked for several years with the management consulting firm of McKinsey & Co. in both the United Kingdom and the United States.
Vice President of Continuous Improvement
Robert Allsop joined our Company in August 2009 as Vice President of Operations, Asia. Mr. Allsop became global Vice President of Continuous Improvement in November 2010. Prior to joining Watts, Mr. Allsop worked for the Fluid Handling Division of Crane Co., a global manufacturer of highly engineered products. Mr. Allsop worked for Crane Co. from 2005 to 2009. While with Crane Co., Mr. Allsop held the positions of Vice President of Operations, Asia for the Fluid Handling Division from 2007 to 2009 and Vice President of Operations, Europe for the Process Flow Technology group from 2005 to 2009.
Srinivas K. Bagepalli
President, North America
Srinivas K. Bagepalli joined our Company in October 2011 as President, North America. From 2006 to September 2011, Mr. Bagepalli was the President and General Manager of three global companies within Danaher Corporation’s Industrial Technologies Group, including Setra Systems, Inc., Sonix, Inc. and Portescap. During his time with Danaher, Mr. Bagepalli also served as the President of Sensors & Controls, Asia. Danaher Corporation is a global business that designs, manufactures and markets professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services. Mr. Bagepalli worked for General Electric Company from 1994 to 2006. While with General Electric, Mr. Bagepalli served as the Executive Vice President and Segment Manager at GE Infrastructure Sensing and Inspection Technologies from 2003 to 2006, Manager, Mergers and Acquisitions at GE Industrial Systems from 2001 to 2003, Manager, Business Development: Strategy and Growth at GE Corporate from 2000 to 2001 and Process Integration & Manufacturing Group Leader at GE Corporate Technology Center from 1994 to 1999. General Electric Company is a global, diversified technology and financial services company with products and services that include aircraft engines, power generation, water processing, household appliances, medical imaging, business and consumer financing and industrial products.
J. Dennis Cawte
Group Managing Director EMEA
J. Dennis Cawte joined our Company in October 2001 and was appointed Group Managing Director Europe. Prior to joining our Company, he was European President of PCC Valve and Controls, a division of Precision Castparts Corp., a manufacturer of components and castings to the aeronautical industry, from 1999 to 2001. He had also worked for Keystone Valve International, a manufacturer and distributor of industrial valves, for 20 years, his most recent position was the Director of Northern European Operations.
Dean P. Freeman
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Dean P. Freeman joined our Company in October 2012 and was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in November 2012. Mr. Freeman previously served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of Flowserve Corporation from October 2009 to October 2011. Also while at Flowserve, Mr. Freeman served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Flowserve Pump Division from 2006 to October 2009. Flowserve is a leading global provider of fluid motion and control products and services, producing engineered and industrial pumps, seals and valves as well as a range of related flow management services. Prior to Flowserve, Mr. Freeman served as Chief Financial Officer, Europe for The Stanley Works Corporation. Mr. Freeman also served in financial executive and management roles of progressive responsibility with United Technologies Corporation and SPX Corporation.
Kenneth R. Lepage
General Counsel, Executive Vice President of Administration and Secretary
Kenneth R. Lepage was appointed General Counsel and Secretary of the Company in August 2008. He became Executive Vice President of Administration in December 2009. Mr. Lepage originally joined our Company in September 2003 as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Lepage was a Junior Partner at the law firm of Hale and Dorr LLP (now Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP).
Elie Melhem joined our Company in July 2011 as President, Asia. From February 2008 to July 2011, Mr. Melhem was Managing Director of Ariston Thermo Group’s China operations. Ariston Thermo Group is a worldwide provider of heating and hot water products, systems and services. Mr. Melhem worked for ITT Corporation from 1996 to January 2007. While with ITT, Mr. Melhem served as President China/Asia Pacific, Residential and Commercial Water Group from 2006 to January 2007, President - Water Technology Group, Asia Pacific from 2002 to 2005, Country Manager of China from 1999 to 2001 and General Manager of Goulds Pumps from 1996 to 1999. ITT is a global high-technology engineering and manufacturing company offering products and services in water and fluids management, global defense and security, and motion and flow control. Before joining ITT, Mr. Melhem spent eleven years with Avnet, Inc., where he held several engineering and management positions. Avnet is a global distributor of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology.