Veolia Water America President Mike Stark Retires

03/14/06  • Water
Additionally, Veolia Water America President Mike Stark, who oversaw all activities for Veolia Water North America as president of the holding company, has officially announced his retirement. Stark leaves as one of the original founders of the U. S. water and wastewater services industry. During his eight-year tenure at the company, Stark created, managed and grew several successful water services businesses and helped lead the company to its current leadership role in the industry. He also was instrumental in establishing the Water Partnership Council, the water industry's advocate for public-private partnerships. Now, as non-executive director of Veolia Water America, he will focus on industry initiatives and special assignments.

Burgess joined the company in 2002 as the vice president and general manager for the northeast business center and was promoted to head the operating services business in 2003. Having joined Veolia Water North America with significant experience in the waste-to-energy industry and from a competing water treatment company where he served as executive vice president for systems operations, Burgess offers Veolia Water a strong background in strategic planning, operations management and customer service. As one of the founding members of the Water Partnership Council, he is committed to helping communities and companies meet their water and wastewater needs in the safest, most environmentally sound and cost-effective manner.

"Veolia Water's business platform is stronger than ever," says Burgess. "Our plans and strategies are intelligent and focused, and I'm proud to have the opportunity to lead Veolia Water North America to even greater heights."

Philippe Laval has been named the company's new chief operating officer and will be responsible for all operating businesses, technical services, environmental, health and safety, and business development functions. Laval brings more than 18 years of experience to Veolia Water North America. He came to the United States from Australia last year, having served as the managing director of United Water International, a Veolia Water venture, which provides water and wastewater services to 1.6 million customers in Australia and New Zealand.

Veolia Water North America is the leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater services to municipal and industrial customers, providing services to more than 15 million people in approximately 600 communities. The company is part of Veolia Water, the No. 1 water company in the world, serving more than 110 million customers. Veolia Water is the water division of Veolia Environnement (NYSE:VE and Paris Bourse: VIE), the largest environmental services company in the world, with more than 252,000 employees in more than 80 countries and annual revenues of more than $33.6 billion. Visit the North American Web site at and the global web site at

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