De Nora has named Dr Mirka Wilderer to lead the company’s Water Technologies group as Chief Executive Officer effective 1st June, 2019.
Dr Wilderer, who replaces retiring predecessor Theo Brandes, joined De Nora in February 2019 as Global Integration Director. De Nora Water Technologies is a leader in disinfection and filtration technologies, with a global footprint that includes offices in Europe, United States, Japan, China, Singapore, and Brazil. Dr Wilderer is committed to bolstering the company’s revenue growth with geographic and application market expansion, technology advancements, and improved processes that will bring an enhanced 21st century experience to De Nora Water Technologies’ global customer base.
“We are thrilled to have Mirka on the De Nora management team,” said De Nora CEO Paolo Dellachà. “She brings years of success applying innovative solutions to leading change and managing business transformation. I’m confident that her exceptional leadership skills and a gift for fostering cross-functional collaboration will be a perfect fit for our growing Water Technologies business. As we approach De Nora’s 100-year anniversary, Mirka’s demonstrated success, enthusiasm, and entrepreneurial mindset is the fresh approach we need to achieve our goals and lead us into another century of providing sustainable technologies.”
Born and raised in Germany, Dr Wilderer has 15 years of water industry experience in numerous countries in Europe and Asia, moving to the United States in 2009. She holds a doctorate in international management.
“I’ve spent my life surrounded by people with a passion and pride for caring for water, beginning with my parents who were devoted water professionals,” said Dr Wilderer. “With a real passion for international management, I am delighted to be a part of a company with a truly global footprint – a presence around the world including emerging markets like China, Japan and Brazil. I’m honoured to be part of the De Nora team, known for its reliability and responsiveness to our customers. My vision for De Nora Water Technologies is to surge ahead in the market by leveraging the talents, experience, and commitment of our global team. Our goal is to become the partner of choice to sustainably treat a resource that touches each of our lives, making water easy for our customers.”
With regards to the maritime industry, Dr Wilderer added: “I’m aware that my appointment comes at a critical time for the shipping industry. Owners and operators face a plethora of important investment decisions regarding compliance with new environmental regulations, and this includes the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC). Our highly talented and experienced team at De Nora has always advocated long-term, consistent and reliable solutions to compliance that deliver the best value over the lifecycle of a vessel. This approach was recently further validated by the United States Coastguard ‘s (USCG) Type-Approval for our BALPURE ballast water treatment system. As the shipping industry fast approaches the BWMC deadline and demand for ballast water treatment systems grows exponentially, I look forward to working with our team to ensure they are able to continue delivering the most attractive total offering to ship owners and operators, with a focus on becoming their partner of choice, fostering long-term relationships and providing unbiased practical information that answers the industry’s calls for transparency. By achieving all this, our goal is to make ballast water treatment decisions easy for ship owners and operators who are on the cusp of complex investment decisions related to environmental compliance.”