In October, Aquafine welcomed new President Stephen Bell, who, along with taking the lead at Aquafine, will continue to maintain his position as President of McCrometer, a position he has held since early 2016. Stephen joined Danaher in late 2006, having held various positions of increasing responsibility at Hach in both the Municipal and Industrial sectors covering Strategic Marketing, Product Management, Business Development, and finally leadings Hach’s 300-strong European Service team. Along with his prior experience in consumer goods and consulting, Stephen’s Water Quality experience working for Hach and McCrometer will serve him well as he takes the helm of Aquafine where he looks forward to help the team bring to fruition new relationships and application ideas for future growth and development.
Stephen’s career has taken him around the world, living in 5 countries over the past 20 years, with most of that time spent in France. Stephen, his wife, and their two children (ages 16 and 7) mainly speak French at home. “Learning to speak a new language along with cultural integration are both challenging and are obstacles that are often understated”.
Stephen earned his Master’s in Engineering from the University of Durham and holds an MBA from IMD International in Lausanne, Switzerland. His years spent in France led to his love for skiing: “A day on the slopes helps to clear my mind and re-energize”.
As Stephen moves into his role at Aquafine, it is clear that he has a firm appreciation of the importance of the world’s water – a “critical natural resource” – and hopes, along with the Aquafine team, to pursue strategic, long-term goals that combine both industrial productivity and environmental longevity. When asked what the one thing he could not live without was, Stephen replied, “Like every human being, clean water. That’s what makes the work we do even more important.”
Welcome to the Aquafine team, Stephen. It is a pleasure to have you on board, and we look forward to creating the next chapter of Aquafine’s success.