Executive Team


    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Chris Gannon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Recovery and brings substantial experience in leading organizations through rapid change. Most recently Mr. Gannon served as Energy Recovery’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Energy Recovery, Mr. Gannon was a Managing Director at Conway MacKenzie, where he advised the City of Detroit throughout its historic bankruptcy and subsequent restructuring. Mr. Gannon also led the private equity investment arm of Talon Group and served as a finance operating partner to private equity funds through Caledonia Group.
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    Chief Financial Officer
    Joshua Ballard is the Chief Financial Officer at Energy Recovery and is responsible for all finance, IT, and investor relations organizations for the company. He brings more than 20 years of finance and operations experience, both domestically and internationally, working across industries within complex organizations to successfully navigate high growth. Most recently he held the position of Operating Partner at Orox Capital Management and holds a CFA, CMA and MBA.
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    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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    Vice President, Water
    Rodney Clemente is the Vice President of Water at Energy Recovery and is responsible for all of the company’s sales, technical service, support, and aftermarket activities for the global water business unit. He provides a high level of system design, technical consultation, and commercial support for desalination customers worldwide.
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    Chief Technology Officer
    Farshad Ghasripoor is the Chief Technology Officer 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 59 US patent applications. He received his PhD from Brunel University of West London in the UK.
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    Vice President, Product Development
    Jeremy Martin is the Vice President of Product Development and is responsible for understanding Energy Recovery’s core technology, technical competencies, and business needs to develop and execute against a comprehensive product development strategy. He is the company’s expert in the PX Pressure Exchanger technology and also spearheaded the development of the IsoGen turbogenerator and IsoBoost turbocharger systems. Mr. Martin earned his Executive MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and his BS in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University.
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    Vice President, Oil & Gas
    Eric Siebert is the Vice President of Oil & Gas at Energy Recovery and is responsible for the company’s Oil & Gas products, strategy, and sales. Previously, he served as Energy Recovery’s Vice President of Corporate Strategy and as General Manager of Coating Services for Aegion Corporation, where he helped to establish Aegion’s Eastern Hemisphere headquarters in Dubai. Mr. Siebert holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in Business Administration from Illinois Wesleyan University.
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    Vice President, Corporate Development
    Emily Smith is the Vice President of Corporate Development at Energy Recovery where she is responsible for leading organization-wide strategic growth objectives and partnerships, corporate communications, and market intelligence. She joined the company in 2011 and has held several positions during her tenure, including VP of Marketing, 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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    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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    Vice President, Human Resources
    Andrew Stroud is Vice President of Human Resources at Energy Recovery. As the CHRO, 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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    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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