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Joe Burgess, formerly of Covanta Water and Ogden Energy replaces Mike Stark as CEO of Veolia Water NA

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 2006--Veolia Water North America, replaced Mike Stark with Joseph Burgess as president and CEO. Burgess will report directly to Patrice Fonlladosa, executive chairman and president, Veolia Water America, and executive vice president and member of the executive committee for Veolia Water, the global leader in water and wastewater services.

Former 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 the company after a year of disappointing revenue growth. As a veteran of the U.S. contract operations industry he helped shepherd Veolia (formerly USFilter) to the  leading water services company in the US. He also was instrumental in establishing the Water Partnership Council, an advocacy group 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 at Ogden Energy of Fairfield, NJ and as executive vice president of Ogden's now defunct water services spin-off -- Covanta, he had a significant hand in piloting the troubled Tampa Bay desalination plant through litigation and change of ownership.  

As one of the founding members of the Water Partnership Council, he is committed to promoting the outsourcing of water and wastewater operations. 

"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.