Water Council Adds Tech, Sustainability Experts To Board

Oct. 11, 2021
Boston water tech CEO, Minneapolis sustainability expert and Milwaukee development commissioner join The Water Council.

The Water Council adds Lafayette L. Crump, Milwaukee commissioner of city development; Robert J. Pagano Jr., president and CEO of Boston-based Watts Water Technologies; and Emilio Tenuta, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer at St. Paul, Minn.-based Ecolab, to its board of directors. The new directors join The Water Council’s lineup of leaders as it continues to solve critical water challenges by driving innovation in freshwater technology and expands its water stewardship work, helping corporate water users improve water stewardship performance and reporting, according to the organization.

Lafayette L. Crump, J.D., is commissioner of city development for the city of Milwaukee, a role he has held since July 2020. As commissioner, Crump leads a department charged with business attraction and retention, job and population growth, real estate disposition, commercial corridor development and ensuring sufficient affordable housing. Prior to his appointment, Crump served as deputy chief of staff and chief diversity, vendor engagement and opportunity officer for the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee of the Democratic National Convention and has served as a private practice attorney.

Robert J. Pagano Jr. has served as chief executive officer, president and a director of Watts since May 2014 and previously as senior vice president of ITT Corporation. He is a certified public accountant and serves on the board of Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. Watts manufactures water quality products that address water safety, flow control, backflow prevention and drainage.

Emilio Tenuta is Ecolab's senior vice president and chief sustainability officer. His 36-year tenure at Ecolab includes 25 years of technical and marketing management experience in various industries including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, lodging, healthcare, primary metals and automotive. In the past 11 years, Tenuta has led Ecolab’s strategic sustainability effort focused on corporate responsibility, internal environmental stewardship and helping customers operate more sustainably. He is actively involved in advancing global sustainability practices, with a significant focus on water stewardship and climate. Additionally, he recently wrote an article for Chemical Processing (see: "Succeed At Water Stewardship.")

For more information, visit: www.thewatercouncil.com

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