Global public health organisation NSF International has appointed Tina Yerkes, Ph.D., to general manager of Filtration Products under its Global Water Division.
Dr Yerkes will help NSF International grow its testing, auditing and certification services for point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) drinking water treatment and filtration products.
Consumers look for the NSF mark on products to ensure safety and quality, and manufacturers seek certification to NSF American National Standards, which address the safety of materials that come in contact with drinking water, the structural integrity of products and contaminant reduction performance claims.
NSF International Global Water Division vice-president Clif McLellan said: "Tina has a strong background in supporting business unit growth, leading high performing teams and driving client-focused business innovation.
"She’s a proven leader, who is strongly committed to protecting and improving public health and the environment."
Dr Yerkes has more than 20 years of experience in strategic business unit operations with an emphasis in water quality issues, wetlands conservation and environmental education. She has held leadership positions at non-profit organisations with large, diverse programme areas driving environmental awareness, research initiatives and conservation efforts. She most recently served as chief operating officer of The Stewardship Network and also spent more than 12 years in management roles at Ducks Unlimited, culminating in director of conservation programs.
Dr Yerkes earned her doctoral degree in zoology with an emphasis on wetlands and waterfowl from the University of Manitoba, a master’s degree in ecology and chemistry from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from the University of Maryland. She has also completed executive education programmes from Harvard Business School.