Dr. Johan Groen is Chief Technology Officer for Xylem a leading global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial settings. He is responsible for ensuring Xylem, which launched in 2011 from the spinoff of the water-related businesses of ITT Corporation, maintains a strong competitive advantage from both a technology and product point of view.
Groen joined ITT from Kemira Oyj, a leading water chemistry company. At Kemira, Groen was Executive Vice President of Research, Development and Technology, and a member of their management board. As a part of the management board, he was actively involved in restructuring the company from a pure product focused company towards a more customer segment or solutions company. In his functional role, he was responsible for restructuring and aligning their global research, development and technology portfolio serving water intensive customer industries such as oil and gas, metal and mining, pulp and paper and public utilities in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas.
Prior to Kemira, Groen was Research & Development Manager at Stora Enso Publishing Paper Inc., a leading producer of publication papers in Europe, and a global leader in the production of paper and wood products. He led the strategic development of the business unit’s product portfolio and managed the process engineering departments of several mills.
Additionally, Groen served 10 years in leading technology, product development, and project engineering roles at Metso Corporation. Metso Corporation manufactures equipment engineered for process and automation solutions in the mining and pulp and paper industries.
Dr. Groen earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the Abo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, where he currently holds an adjunct professorship. He is also awarded a Life-time Membership in the Technology Academy of Finland based on his noteworthy technical achievements including receipt of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry’s (TAPPI) prestigious Award and Charles Engelhard Medallion for Outstanding Technical Achievement.
Agenda Item: Water Technology Merger and Acquisition Activity