Nov 03, 2014

WQA Announces New Interim Executive Director

The role will guide WQA through its current organizational change

WQA, Interim Executive Director, David Westman, Water Quality Association

The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) announced its new interim executive director, David Westman.

The search for an interim executive director was part of WQA’s move through a period of organizational change. Following the 2014 Mid-Year Leadership Conference, the board of governors set about the task of finding an interim executive director whose main goals will be to guide the organization and conduct a comprehensive review of WQA's financial management, governance structures, staff functions and core processes. This person also will serve the board as a resource who will guide the association and assemble the leadership team while it focuses on finding a long-term executive.

Westman was selected after an in-depth search and review of the feedback from all of the team members who participated in the interview process. He has had a career in both the association and corporate realms, and has led or consulted on behalf of groups such as the College of Neurological Surgeons, American Dental Assn. and Emergency Nurse's Assn.

Westman also has a business and financial analysis background from his work with firms such as KPMG and McGladrey in roles that included managing director of strategy and human capital as well as senior consultant in performance/compensation management.

He holds an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago and is a certified public accountant and certified association executive. Westman's first day with WQA is Nov. 3.

As soon as he is in place, WQA will begin the search process for a candidate to fill the permanent executive director position. The recruitment and hiring process is expected to take months.