Jun 22, 2011

PMI Names Len Swatkowski Technical Director

New responsibilities include reviewing proposed standards changes

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) announced the appointment of Len Swatkowski as technical director.

Most recently, Swatkowski was a program manager for Jarden Consumer Solutions in Boca Raton, Fla., where he directed the U.S. and Asian staff in the completion of numerous projects contributing to the home environment segment. During the 1990s, Swatkowski spent a decade in an executive technical role for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) in Chicago, before the organization relocated to Washington, D.C.

In his new position, Swatkowski will be responsible for analyzing and reporting proposed code and standards changes, maintaining and managing effective relationships with PMI members, certification agencies and industry peers and representing PMI at various industry meetings.

"We are delighted to welcome Len to PMI," said Barbara C. Higgens, PMI's executive director. "Over the past months, we carefully evaluated a number of talented candidates for the position, each with a variety of skill sets. Len was the clear standout as he brings with him a unique blend of consensus-building capabilities and an excellent technical background together with industry trade association experience."

Previously, Swatkowski held engineering management positions for a number of consumer product manufacturing companies including Whirlpool Corp. He continues to serve on the Engineering Advisory Board of APPLIANCE magazine, a position he has held since 1998.

Swatkowski holds MBA, MSMET and BSMET degrees from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.