Water sector veteran Ralph Exton is new WEF director

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has appointed Ralph Exton as its new executive director, effective 15 Jul 2024. 

Ralph Exton, executive director, WEF

“The board of trustees is excited for Ralph to take the helm of WEF,” said WEF board president Aimeé Killeen. “Ralph brings years of strategic leadership and business experience to the organisation, which will be a great step forward in ringing in our 100th year anniversary and beyond.”

Exton joins WEF from Grundfos, where he served as the water utility vice-president and chief marketing officer. Prior to his tenure at Grundfos, Exton accumulated nearly three decades of experience at other companies in the sector, including Suez, Veolia, and GE Water and Process Technologies.

Beyond his professional career, Exton has been a key WEF volunteer with over a decade of service. He served on WEF board of trustees for five years, holding the position of treasurer/ officer for three consecutive years and chairing the audit committee.

Additionally, Exton was a member of the DEI board committee and was nominated to join the WEF circular water economy summit advisory committee. In recognition of his contributions, he was honoured with the WEF Fellow Award in October 2023 for his commitment to advancing the global water environment.

“My goal as WEF executive director is to reinforce its position as a leader and convener in the water sector, enhancing its impact on global water issues,” the new executive director said. “We will prioritise the needs of the communities WEF serves through sustainable solutions, purpose-driven partnerships, technologies, customer service, and integrity and accountability.”

Killeen added, “Ralph will be a pivotal part of steering WEF through the next phase of its strategic plan, aligning with the organisation’s vision of achieving a ‘life free of water challenges. He and WEF remain committed to our mission of inspiring the water community in pursuit of human and environmental wellbeing.”