Executive Team

  • 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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  • CHRIS GANNON

    Chief Financial Officer
    Chris Gannon is the Chief Financial Officer of Energy Recovery, bringing substantial experience in leading organizations through rapid change. He was previously a Managing Director at Conway MacKenzie, where he advised the City of Detroit throughout its historic bankruptcy and restructure. He led the private equity investment arm of Talon Group and served as a finance operating partner with Caledonia Group.
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  • NOCAIR BENSALAH

    Vice President, Operations
    Nocair Bensalah is the Vice President of Operations at Energy Recovery, and is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s operations strategy, including all processes involved in the procurement and provision of the company’s products. He brings 15 years of experience from a variety of technical and operational leadership roles, including senior positions at ABB Inc. and Aegion Corporation.
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  • RODNEY CLEMENTE

    Vice President, Global Desalination Sales Operations
    Rodney Clemente is the Vice President of Global Desalination Sales Operations at Energy Recovery and is responsible for all of the company’s sales, technical service, support, and aftermarket activities for the global desalination business unit. He provides a high level of system design, technical consultation, and commercial support for desalination customers worldwide.
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  • FARSHAD GHASRIPOOR

    Managing Director, Engineering
    Farshad Ghasripoor is the Managing Director of Engineering at Energy Recovery and is responsible for the conceptualization and ongoing development of the revolutionary VorTeq hydraulic pumping system. Previously, he served a 12-year term at GE, and he is the named inventor on 56 US patent applications. He received his PhD from Brunel University of West London in the UK.
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  • JEREMY MARTIN

    Chief Engineer
    Jeremy Martin is the Chief Engineer at Energy Recovery and the company’s expert in PX Pressure Exchanger technology. He also spearheaded the development of the IsoGen turbogenerator and IsoBoost turbocharger systems. Prior to joining Energy Recovery, he worked for Molex Inc., Paragon Products, and TRC. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, and is currently pursuing his Executive MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
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  • ERIC SIEBERT

    Vice President, Corporate Strategy
    Eric Siebert is the Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Energy Recovery. Previously, he served as General Manager of Coating Services for Aegion Corporation, helping to establish Aegion’s Eastern Hemisphere headquarters in Dubai and developing and managing operations in key international markets, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the Caspian region.
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  • EMILY SMITH

    Vice President of Marketing
    Emily Smith is the Vice President of Marketing at Energy Recovery. She has held several positions at the company, including Senior Director of Corporate Development, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, and the Strategic Analyst to the CEO. Previously, Ms. Smith held various roles at Aegion Corporation, most notably as Controller. She holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
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  • SHARON SMITH-LENOX

    Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer
    Sharon Smith-Lenox is the Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at Energy Recovery. Under her leadership, the team executes financial reporting with efficiency, strictly adhering to the standards required of a publicly traded company. Ms. Smith-Lenox brings a depth of extensive experience across multiple industries in the areas of international accounting, field accounting, revenue accounting, SOX controls, cost accounting, and SEC reporting.
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  • ANDREW B. STROUD JR.

    Vice President, Human Resources
    Andrew Stroud is Vice President of Human Resources at Energy Recovery. He leads the company’s human resources department and manages employee growth strategy. With decades of experience working for Fortune 500 companies and managing organizations with 100 to more than 6,000 employees, Mr. Stroud is directly involved in meeting the staffing needs of the company’s rapidly growing global workforce.
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  • BRIAN UHLMER

    Managing Director, Investor Relations & Corporate Development
    Brian Uhlmer is Managing Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Development at Energy Recovery. In an impressive 16-year career, he has held executive positions at several prestigious companies in the financial services and oil and gas industries, including GMP Securities, Global Hunter Securities, KBR, Halliburton, and SIFCO. He is a CFA, and has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Florida.
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  • WILLIAM YEUNG

    General Counsel
    William Yeung is the General Counsel at Energy Recovery. He brings almost 20 years of experience, with clients that have included Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Citigroup Global Markets, Lehman Brothers, UBS, Salomon Smith Barney, BNP Paribas, Del Monte, Sony Capital Corporation, McDonald’s Corporation, KBC Bank, The Interpublic Group of Companies, The Bank of New York, United Technologies Corporation, and Nortel Networks.
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