Waters appoints RPM's board member as part of its board of directors

6:25 AM, 11th October 2021
Waters Corporation has appointed John Ballbach to its board of directors, effective 5 October. Ballbach currently serves on the board of RPM International Inc, specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services company. (File Photo)

MILFORD, US: Waters Corporation announced the appointment of John Ballbach to its board of directors, effective 5 October. Ballbach currently serves on the board of RPM International Inc, a leader in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services.

Waters also announced the retirement of Dr. Michael Berendt from its board of directors, effective 5 October. Berendt joined the Waters board in 1998 and has served on both the company’s audit and science & technology committees during his tenure as director.

John Ballbach currently serves on the board of directors of RPM International Inc as a member of its corporate governance and nominating committee. Ballbach is also the former chairman and chief executive officer of VWR International LLC, a global leader in laboratory supply and distribution. With leadership experience in the chemicals and coatings industries, Ballbach was an independent director for Valspar from 2012–2017, when the company merged with Sherwin-Williams. In addition, Ballbach is a former corporate officer of Valspar, having served as president and chief operating officer from 2002–2004.

“After a thorough review of candidates, John stood out for his very relevant industry, executive, and operational expertise that is well-suited to advise Waters as the company continues driving sustainable long-term growth,” said Dr. Flemming Ornskov, chairman of the board.

“Welcome to John, who brings strong experience in M&A and driving operational excellence in the Life Science tools space. In addition to his global leadership experience, John also possesses deep expertise in building supply chains and robust e-commerce channels within the regulated sciences industries where we wish to strengthen and extend the reach of the Waters portfolio,” said Dr. Udit Batra, CEO and president, Waters Corporation.

“The Waters brand is synonymous with deep scientific expertise and innovation throughout the industry, based on its pioneering innovations in chromatography, mass spectrometry, thermal analysis and chemistries that are used in laboratories worldwide,” said Ballbach.

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