The Board of Directors of WesTech Engineering announces that Ralph Cutler, PE, has been appointed as the new CEO. Cutler is currently serving as the president of WesTech, and he will begin his responsibilities as CEO on May 20.
Cutler, who holds civil engineering and MBA degrees from the University of Utah, joined WesTech in 1982. He designed, managed, and implemented municipal and industrial water solutions for clients globally. He went on to supervise both industrial sedimentation and filtration groups before being appointed Vice President of Industrial Products and Sales and then company president. In his role as a leader at WesTech, he has mentored many young engineers and dedicated his time to improving employees’ well-being.
Board Member Randy Emery said: “We chose Ralph Cutler as our next CEO with confidence in his commitment to WesTech. Ralph has always demonstrated the ability to drive our company’s strategy forward by providing quality products, excellent customer service, and constant improvement all while embracing new opportunities. He is a terrific example of how to build a quality organization with quality people and a strong reputation of meaningful customer relationships.”
Rex Plaizier, the current CEO, has stepped down for health reasons. Plaizier has been serving as WesTech’s CEO since 2013, and he will continue on as Chairman of the Board. His career at WesTech has spanned 33 years, beginning as a project engineer and continuing as a leader in many areas of the business with his trademark can-do attitude. Under his leadership, WesTech has experienced record growth, having surpassed $200 million in annual sales. While serving as the public face of the company, he has increased WesTech’s visibility locally, nationally, and internationally.
“Rex is leaving his CEO position after a remarkable career at WesTech,” said Brittany Garza, WesTech employee and member of the Board. “On behalf of the Board and WesTech employee owners, we are so appreciative of his leadership and visionary role in guiding the company to new ventures in the water industry. As President and CEO, Rex has always held employees’ and customers’ best interests at heart, which has been constantly evident by not only his words but his actions. The Board and WesTech employee owners are thankful he will continue on as chairman.”
“Rex has been a well-loved leader at WesTech, guiding the company through years of global expansion while maintaining warmth and a personal connection with all employees,” said Cutler. “His influence on WesTech will be very much missed, but we wish him all the best.”