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Andrew Towle appointed new board chair at WaterAid America

  • Andrew Towle appointed new board chair at WaterAid America
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WaterAid America has announced appointment of a new board chair and treasurer effective January 1, 2023.  

Andrew Towle has been on the WaterAid America Board of Directors since 2018 and now steps into the role of board chair. He has spent his professional life creating value for some of the world’s best-known consumer packaged goods companies including Procter & Gamble, Heinz, Georgia-Pacific, and Kellogg’s. He was the CEO of private equity owned Urnex Brands, which was sold in 2017, and he is a partner at NGN Investment Partners. Towle succeeds Marc Robert, who served as board chair since 2012.  

Andrew Towle, WaterAid America Board Chair, said: "I spent my childhood in India witnessing firsthand the struggles that communities face without access to clean water and toilets. Leading the Board of Directors allows me to help this global organization carry out its important work, which is ensuring access to the building blocks of a healthy, prosperous life. I hope to continue former chair Marc Robert’s outstanding work and help our CEO, Kelly Parsons, and the rest of the WaterAid America team achieve its ambitious goal to reach everyone, everywhere with sustainable and clean water, sanitation and hygiene."

Nam Hee Kim, who has also served on the board since 2018, will now serve as board treasurer. She brings years of investment banking experience and expertise, including the management of debt issuance for U.S. municipal governments secured by water, sewer, and utility system revenues for the Public Finance division of Lehman Brothers in New York. She also advised corporate clients on fixed income products as Director of the Investment Banking Division of Barclays Bank in Hong Kong. 

Kelly Parsons, WaterAid America CEO, said: "The leadership and guidance from our board members is critical as we begin our ambitious 10-year global strategy to reach 400 million people with water, sanitation and hygiene by 2032. I’d like to thank outgoing board chair Marc Robert and treasurer Sarah Ryerson for their years of service and invaluable contributions to our organization. I have full confidence that Andrew and Nam Hee are the right people to help us reach our goals."

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