Jul 03, 2012

Aeration Industries Appoints New President

Promotes Brian Cohen, formerly chief operating officer

Aeration Industries Intl. announced that Brian J. Cohen has been appointed president and CEO of the company. Cohen succeeds Daniel Durda, who will remain with Aeration Industries in his ongoing roles as chairman of the board and past chair of Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Assn.

"I think the future for our company is extremely bright," said Durda. "The demand for treated water will only increase. We have a well-positioned portfolio of high-quality products and a group of motivated, enthusiastic employees."

Cohen joined Aeration in early 1999 in the international sales area and quickly rose through the ranks to sales manager and then, vice president of International Sales, setting all-time company sales records and opening major markets, notably in China and India, and was later named chief operating officer. Prior to joining the company, Cohen worked at GE Water, formerly Osmonics, as an applications engineer supporting Asia and Latin America. Cohen is the grandson of the co-founder, Joseph Durda, and nephew of Daniel Durda.

"As a third-generation leader, it is an honor to be appointed president and CEO," said Cohen.  "I look forward to following in the footsteps of my grandfather and uncle."

Cohen earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Cohen is a member of the board of directors of Joseph Durda Foundation and the Harvard Varsity Club.