White House: Brian Deese will replace the outgoing John Podesta as a top adviser to President Obama with a special focus on implementing Obama’s climate-change agenda, the National Journal reports.Deese is currently the deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Aclara Technologies: The company, which provides smart infrastructure technologies and software to the utility industry, has named Greg Wilson senior vice president of engineering and technology. Most recently, Wilson was vice president at Harris Corp.
Biotechnology Industry Organization: The trade association representing biotechnology companies says Jamie Gregorian (pictured) will be joining BIO as director, federal government relations. Gregorian comes to BIO after five years with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Locus Technologies: The environmental and compliance enterprise management software company has appointed Paul Wrench vice president of sales. Prior to joining Locus Technologies, Wrench held senior executive sales roles at Enviance and IHS.
Leggette, Brashears & Graham: The groundwater and environmental engineering services firm has named Brad Cross and Mitch Kannenberg associate vice presidents. Cross previously served for 15 years at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Kannenberg has worked on a multitude of projects involving groundwater quality and groundwater resource evaluation.
IDE Technologies: The water treatments specialists firm has appointed Mark Ellison, as Texas regional director of sales. Ellison previously served as manager of strategic water initiatives for Gov. Rick Perry.
NSF International: The testing and standards organization has appointed Tina Yerkes, Ph.D., general manager of filtration products under its Global Water Division. Yerkes most recently served as COO of The Stewardship Network.
Camfil Air Pollution Control: The manufacturer of dust, fume and mist collection equipment, has promoted four members of its sales management team to new positions. John Dauber, who joined the company in 1998, is taking on the role of Handte product manager for the Americas. Matt Caulfield, a seven-year veteran of Camfil APC, has been named director of sales, USA/Canada. Rick Kreczmer, an eight-year veteran of Camfil APC, has been promoted to director, aftermarket sales and corporate training. Greg Schreier, who has served for three years as Camfil APC metalworking market manager, will now have a dual role asdirector, OEM accounts/metal and thermal spray market manager.
Carbios: The green chemistry company has named Raquel Lizarraga to head the newly created function of investor relations within the company. Lizarraga most recently was head of investor relations at Altamir.