Board of Directors

  • JOEL GAY

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Joel Gay has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Recovery since April 2015 and is a member of the company’s Board of Directors. He joined Energy Recovery in 2012 and has held several positions at the company, including Head of Strategy and Chief Financial Officer. Previously he served as CFO of Aegion Corporation’s largest division, North America. He brings more than 15 years of experience in leading multiple corporate disciplines in global small-cap and large-cap companies.
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  • HANS PETER MICHELET

    (Non-executive) Chairman of the Board of Directors
    Hans Peter Michelet has been integral to the success of Energy Recovery Inc since 1994. He first joined the board of directors in August 1995 and has served as its chairman since September 2004, during which time he has been intrinsically involved in most of the company’s strategic decisions.
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  • ALEXANDER BUEHLER

    Director
    Alexander J. Buehler currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Maintenance Services, and served as Chief Financial Officer of Energy Recovery from 2011 until he joined EMS in 2014.
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  • OLAV FJELL

    Director
    A seasoned business leader with experience in the oil and gas industry, Olav Fjell was the chief executive officer of Statoil from 1999 to 2003 and of Hurtigruten from 2007 to 2012. He has also served as the CEO of Postbanken and Lindorff. He has also been part of the senior management teams at Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk and DNB. Other directorships have included Chair of Nofima AS, Concedo ASA, Rapp Marine Group AS, Swix Sport AS, Bene Agere Norden AS and Franzefoss AS.
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  • SHERIF FODA

    Director
    Sherif Foda has over two decades of senior-level management experience in the oil and gas industry, including serving as the Executive Officer and Group President of Production at Schlumberger. He began his career in the offshore oil fields of the Red Sea and has spent over 20 years leading oil and gas operations around the globe.
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  • ARVE HANSTVEIT

    Director
    Arve Hanstveit has been as a member of ERI’s board and an investor in the company since August 1995. Mr. Hanstveit’s early investment in the company, his experience as an investment advisor and securities analyst, his understanding of global financial markets, the global desalination market, and his extensive knowledge ERI’s products make him a tremendous asset to the company’s board of directors.
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  • OLE PETER LORENTZEN

    Director
    Ole Peter Lorentzen is the Chairman and beneficial owner of Ludvig Lorentzen, an investment company that typically holds a concentrated portfolio of investments for seven to 15 years. Lorentzen has extensive experience in working with management teams and Boards to seek methods of enhancing value for all shareholders.
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  • ROBERT MAO

    Director
    Robert Yu Lang Mao joined the Energy Recovery Inc board of directors in September 2010. He brings to ERI extensive experience in helping equipment manufacturers successfully expand into new product and geographic markets. His strong strategic and analytic skills will help guide the diversification of ERI’s product line and its growth into new global markets.
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  • DOMINIQUE TREMPONT

    Director
    Dominique Trempont has served as a member of ERI’s board since its initial public offering in 2008. He is a seasoned executive and board member with large, multinational high-tech companies as well as fast-growth start-ups.
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