Water Environment Federation Announces Executive Director Search

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Water Environment Federation

Bill Bertera, WEF’s executive director for the past 10 years, announced he will be leaving the organization effective Dec. 31, 2010

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced its plans to initiate a search for a new executive director to lead the 81-year-old nonprofit technical and educational water quality organization. The new director is expected to take office in early 2011.

Bill Bertera, WEF’s executive director for the past 10 years, has announced that he will be leaving the organization effective Dec. 31, 2010. He will leave the organization with a history of accomplishments and in a good position to continue its role as a leading water organization, the company said.

“Bill Bertera oversaw many positive developments at WEF during his tenure with the organization,” said WEF President Paul Freedman. “Today the Water Environment Federation is stronger than ever as we take on the challenges of the new decade. Bill will leave behind a great legacy of accomplishments for WEF and the overall water profession.”

The WEF Board of Trustees will select an executive search firm to manage the search process. Once selected, the board expects to work closely with the chosen firm to implement an effective open process, with the goal of having a new executive director in place by early 2011. The new executive director, in partnership with the Board of Trustees, will be responsible for leading the organization to realize its strategic vision, serve its membership and successfully lead the business operations.

The new executive director will oversee a staff of nearly 100 and will be based in the organization’s Alexandria, Va., headquarters.

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