Desalitech launches US base and hires new staff

Desalitech Ltd, developer of the Closed Circuit Desalination (CCD) sytem, announced on 18 December 2013 that it will be establishing its US headquarters in Massachusetts. It has also hired four new staff in the US.

The company is expecting to set up an office in the spring for expanding its customer base and operations in US industrial water treatment markets, where most manufacturing plants require purified water for their operations. At present the four newcomers and executive vice-president Rick Stover are working from their homes.

Patrick Regan joins Desalitech as vice president of global sales and marketing. He was formerly a global account executive for General Electric, managing strategy for the brewing industry, and before that held several senior roles at GE.

Bruce Alderman is Desalitech’s new director of sales. He previously worked for Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies as a business development director, before that for Veolia/US Filter, and in between he earned an MS degree in applied physics from Princeton.

The company has also hired Mike Boyd in Phoenix from Layne Christensen and Daniel Hilson in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, from GE.

Desalitech was recognized in a ceremony of the Massachusetts Water Innovation Mission to Israel on 18 December for importance to the energy/water nexus and as a leading example of an Israeli company seizing the diverse business opportunities uniquely available in Massachusetts. The mission has received significant support from Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Development and dozens of major water companies and organizations.

“We are thrilled Desalitech is joining our nation-leading water innovation sector in Massachusetts,” said energy and environmental affairs secretary Rick Sullivan. “We strongly support the innovative technologies Desalitech produces and believe they will not only increase economic development in Massachusetts, but help us accomplish several goals in our core mission: keeping our waters clean and reducing power costs.”

“Ever-increasing water stress, increased discharge restrictions and increasing water and power costs are some of the industry’s most difficult and important challenges. Desalitech’s solutions improve environmental sustainability while reducing costs,” said Nadav Efraty, Desalitech CEO. “We are proud to join Massachusetts’s emerging water cluster.”

Desalitech was founded by Professor Avi Efraty and has grown under the business leadership of Nadav Efraty. Over 75 patents have been granted on the technology, and commercial CCD installations have run continuously since early 2009.