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EUROPUMP Executive Council 2019-2021, as elected on 25 May 2019 by the General Assembly in Naples, Italy :

  • Dr Sönke Brodersen, President*



Dr. Sönke Brodersen is Global Executive Officer Committees and Associations of KSB SE & Co. KGaA.

After he joined KSB in 1990, he filled several positions at different sites. Brodersen studied at the Technical University of Braunschweig where he also obtained his PhD in the field of mechanical engineering. Following this, he became faculty associate at Arizona State University and was granted a fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Since 2009 Brodersen is Chairman of the German VDMA Pump Manufacturer Association. Since 2005 he is EUROPUMP council member. Between 2011 and 2013 he has been President of EUROPUMP, in May 2019 he was re-elected.

  • Vanni Vignoli, 1st Vice-President*



After graduating from Bologna University as a Management Engineer in 1997, Vanni Vignoli started working in a company supplying services and consultancy to enterprises.

After some time, he moved to Caprari where he has been working for 15 years. He started as an engineer in the R&D Department and then became Research and Development Engineering and Technical Data Manager.

He subsequently became the Marketing Manager and is now the Corporate Marketing Manager. He has been a member of the Assopompe and Europump Marketing Commissions for 7 years. He is married with two children and is a keen sportsman.

  • Lubos Michlik, 2nd Vice-President*



  • Martijn van den Born, Past President*



After graduating in automotive engineering and management at IVA Driebergen Business School and completing a marketing course at the City of London Polytechnic in 1987, Martijn van den Born started his career as a trainee at the family business in pump and filter production. In 1990 Martijn became Commercial Director.

In 1994, the first generation Arnold van den Born retired and Martijn became CEO. In 1996 he acquired the company by management buyout.

Over the past 20 years, the company has strongly developed from a general manufacturer of plastic products into a specialised designer and producer of thermoplastic centrifugal pump and process filters. ARBO Pumps and Filters has been a member of the Holland Pump Group over the past 10 years and Martijn became President in October 2013.

  • Olivier Brière, Council Member*



Graduated from a leading European business school in 1993, Olivier Briere is Managing Director of Broquet pumps a French positive displacement pumps manufacturer.

He has been working within the pump industry for more than 25 years and having been the vice President of PROFLUID, the French pump manufacturers association for 3 years. Currently Olivier Briere is also development Vice President of EVOLIS the French association of manufacturers of Capital Goods and he is member of the executive committee of the national Federation of Mechanical Industries since 2017.

  • Ken Hall, Honorary Council Member



Ken Hall is a qualified Engineer and business manager who has been involved in the pump industry for over 40 years.

He is Managing Director of Calpeda’s UK operations, and has served as President for both the British Pump Manufactures Association (BPMA) and Europump having been the BPMA representative on Europump council for 15 years. He was one of the founders of the European pump industries energy strategy ‘Ecopump’ promoting the strategy since its conception at events throughout the world.

Ken stepped down from his BPMA and Europump responsibilities in 2017 when he was made an Honorary Europump Council Member. Ken now looks after Calpeda S.p.A. operations in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Olivier Hancotte, Council Member*



After being graduated Industrial engineer in electronics in 1998 and an Executive MBA from Solvay Business School in 2008, Olivier Hancotte started his career as R&D engineer developing measuring equipment for the steel industry.

In 2002 he joined Magotteaux as R&D engineer manufacturing industrial equipment for the mining and cement industries and became operations manager. In 2009 Olivier joined Ensival Moret and the pump business as plant manager of Pompes Deplechin in Tournai (Belgium) and in 2013 became head of the worldwide after sales business before joining Ensival Moret Belgium in Thimister Clermont as plant manager and became Managing Director and General Manager afterward in 2017.

Olivier is member of the Europump council since May 2018, chairs the Belgian Pump group from Agoria and leads the Europump Blueprint work group.

  • Markus Holmberg, Council Member*


  • Kutlu Karavelioglu, Council Member*



Born in 1961, in Ankara; educated at TED Ankara College and METU (Middle East Technical University); obtained his Master of Science degree in CAD (computer-aided design) while working at Power Plants Department of Turkish Electricity Authority. He completed his military service obligation as a lieutenant in the Turkish Navy.

Since 1988, as a partner and professional, he holds executive management duties at the Aydıner Group, mainly in the boards of Samsun Machinery Industries and Layne Bowler companies, both having 50 years of history in Turkey in pump, valve and pipe production.

  • Daniele Nardin, Council Member*



Born in 1964, married father of 3 children, living in Switzerland.

After an apprentice in the chemical analytical laboratories of the nuclear power plant KKW Gösgen-Däniken, Daniele Nardin completed his study as chemist at the Fachhochschule Burgdorf. He post-graduated further as Wirtschaftsingenieur at the Kaderschule St. Gallen (economics / sales & marketing). Daniele started his professional career as process and sales engineer at Montedison, then joined Buss Chemtech where he was responsible a technology manager for the gas-liquid reactor technology promotion.

Later he held positions as managing director with Ing. A. Maurer SA, joined in 2005 CP Pumpen AG as Director Sales and Business Development, then Rütschi Pumpen as Director Industrial Division, to join then KSB (Switzerland) as Managing Director. Daniele Nardin joined CP again in 2018 as Manager Sales Support & Marketing.

In his function as CCO, Chief Customer Officer Daniele is responsible for all inbound Sales Support functions, Spare Parts, Repair Services and After Sales Service in general. Parallel to his professional functions in the pump industry, Daniele Nardin has been a delegate at the National Swiss Pump Manufacturer Association, where he acts as elected President.

  • Grzegorz Pakula, Council Member*



President of the Stowarzyszenie Producentów Pomp (Polish Association of Pump Manufacturers). Grzegorz Pakuła in 1981 graduated from the Department of Mechanical  Engineering of the Silesian Technical University, Poland.

Until 1994 he carried out  research work at Technical University of Silesia and at Liverpool University. In 1988 he obtained the Ph. D. degree in computational fluid dynamics.

In 1994 he joint the pump industry. Initially worked for Warman International (Polish branch), then, from 2000 for Powen group, the biggest Polish pump manufacturer. Member of the Board of Directors of POWEN SA.

  • Falk Olaf Petersdorf, Council Member*


  • Pierre Plateus, Honorary Council Member*



Pierre Plateus qualified as an engineer in electro-mechanics in 1965 from the University of Liège in Belgium. He also completed a complementary course in electronics at the TH Delft in The Netherlands.

He was an Assistant at the Von Karmann institute for Fluid Mechanics in 1967, then joined ENSIVAL where became Head of the research department, Head of the engineering department, Commercial Manager and finally Export Commercial Manager of the Ensival-Moret pump company.

He was President of the Europump Standards Commission for 10 years, a member of the Europump Executive Council until 2016, and is now an honorary member of the Executive Council. After retiring from Ensival-Moret, he created a small company known as PLATEUS – CONSULT which specialises in the fields of mechanics & hydraulics, principally for rotating machines.

  • Kelly Polemi, Council Member*



Kelly Polemi is Managing Director in Drakos Polemis Fluidustria S.A (DP Pumps), a pump manufacturing company based in Greece. She is a Mechanical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens, with MSc in Engineering Management from New York University. DP Pumps is manufacturing a big range of pump types, mainly special pumps used in large engineering and infrastructure projects.

Kelly Polemi since 2018 is member of the Europump Executive Council, representing Union of Greek Metal Industries.

  • Matti Rikka, Council Member*



Matti Rikka is Head of Strategy and Projects of the Industry business unit in the Pumps Equipment division at Sulzer. He studied in Lappeenranta University of Technology, where he obtained his Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. Matti Rikka has been working within the pump industry for more than 30 years.

He started his career in the Ahlstrom Pumps Corporation and joined Sulzer after the acquisition in 2000. Matti Rikka has held several different positions, from manufacturing operations to sales and business development management.

He is chairman of the Finnish Pump and Compressors Manufacturers group and represents the federation Technology Industries of Finland in the Europump Council.

  • Wayne Rose, Council Member*

 

  • Steen Töffner-Clausen, Council Member*

 

After graduating as MScEE and completing his PhD within Control Engineering, both at Aalborg University, Steen Tøffner-Clausen joined Grundfos A/S in 1997.

He has held several positions in Grundfos both in Product Development, Manufacturing and Product Program Management.

From 2008 until early 2015 Steen Tøffner-Clausen was Program Manager for the Grundfos Circulator portfolio and following this, until early 2019, held the position as Senior Program Director, Building Service having the responsibility for the Grundfos Building Service product portfolio.

Early 2019 Steen Tøffner-Clausen took up a new position as Senior Technical Director in Grundfos HVAC OEM business unit.

  • Igor Tverdokhleb, Council Member*



Igor Tverdokhleb, a highly qualified Engineer and Supervisor with over 25 years experience in the pump industry, obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 (Sumy State University).

In 1997 he obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and then occupied positions from Research Assistant to Associate Professor at the University. He pursued his career as the CEO of a pump Research and Design Institute (VNIIAEN) which specialised in developing large pumps for the nuclear and oil industries. He then worked as Deputy Chief Engineer at one of the largest CIS heavy machinery enterprises.

In 2004 he joined the HMS Group as Technical Director; currently he is R&D Director and first Deputy to the Head of the Pump Division. He is the author of numerous research papers and articles on pumps and has supervised several pump specialists who subsequently obtained their PhD.

In 2013 he became President of the Russian Pump Manufacturing Association (RPMA).  He is married with two children.

  • Frank Ennenbach, Chairman, Standards Commission+



Frank Ennenbach, Dipl. Ing. Chemical Process Engineering, since 1982 active within the pump industry.

He is working for Sulzer Management AG for more than 35 years and is currently its Director of Product Safety and Regulation. He serves as member and chairperson of several DIN, CEN and ISO working groups and since 2002 is chairperson of the Europump Standards Commission. As such he oversees the liaison to the European Commission on all matters of the Machinery -, ATEX -, Eco Design - and other Directives

  • Robert Dodane, Chairman, Technical Commission+



  • John Veness, Chairman, Marketing Commission+



John Veness has worked within the Pump Industry for over 40 years.

He is the Managing Director of ITT Industrial Process – Goulds Pumps UK Operations. He has worked as a consultant to improve pump system energy consumption to assist in meeting carbon footprint reduction goals. He worked with the British Pump Manufacturers Association as an energy consultant to help develop and deliver the BPMA’s energy strategy which responded to the demands of the UK Governments Market Transformation Programme. 

Prior to this he worked for HMD Sealless Pumps Ltd in positions as Managing Director, Director of Aftermarket and Technical Director. He is past President of the British Pump Manufacturers Association, Past Chair of the BPMA Technical Committee and has held the Chair of the BSI MCE6 and ISO TC115 Pump Standards committees

  • Pierre Lucas, Secretary General+



Pierre Lucas is Manager at Orgalim, Europe’s Technology Industries.

In the Orgalim Partnership department, he is in charge, as Secretary General, of managing Europump, Pneurop (European Association of Manufacturers of Compressors, Vacuum Pumps, Pneumatic Tools and Air & Condensate Treatment Equipment), and EIA (The European Irrigation Association, representing irrigation equipment manufacturers). He focuses his monitoring work on the EU’s digitalisation, innovation and public procurement policies.

At Orgalim, Pierre is a member of the Innovation and Digital Transformation department, focusing on Artificial Intelligence in the broader framework of Orgalim’s activities on Industrial Policy and Digitalisation. Pierre represents Orgalim in the EU Commission High Level Experts Group on Artificial Intelligence.

A French native, Pierre has held various functions in several engineering industry associations in Brussels since 1990, notably at Orgalim, at SEMI Europe (microelectronics) and at Kellen Europe (software), focusing on environment, economics and internal market issues and on event management (SEMI Europe). He holds a Degree in Political Sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, a Certificate in Political Sciences of the Free University of Berlin, and a Master in European Policy Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges.

* Denotes elected Council Member

+ Denotes ex-officio Council Member