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Manager Chemical Engineering

Windham, New Hampshire, 03087, United States
February 26, 2018

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Howard Chu

*A Floral St Windham, NH ***** 603-***-**** (H) 978-***-**** (C)

Accomplished global EHS director with proven EHS excellence record through innovative and effective strategies to protect people, environment, and community. Successful as plant manager and led EHS at every level (i.e., project, department, site, region, global). Professional Engineer (chemical engineering) and certified ISO-14001 lead auditor, TapRoot® instructor, Sologic® master facilitator, Six Sigma, and Lean manufacturing

Over 20 years in EHS with 16 years industrial experience and 11 years leading global, multi-site programs

Strong knowledge and ability to build world-class EHS culture, programs, performance, and sustainability

Broad experience in military, consulting, and industry (large, small, public, private equity, union, non-union)

Led or oversaw EHS in manufacturing, distribution, field services, R&D, offices, and business development

Professional Experience

Watts Water Technologies (2013 – Present)

Global EHS Director – North Andover, MA (October 2013 – Present)

Global EHS Director for ~$1.6B company with approximately 6,000 employees that is global provider of plumbing, heating, and water quality solutions for residential, industrial, municipal, and commercial settings with one of the most varied plumbing, heating, and water quality product lines in the world.

Developed “One Watts EHS” to globally transform over 30 sites in 5 continents to achieve world-class culture and performance via ZERO hazards = ZERO injuries initiative, C-suite leadership, engagement by all, behavior based safety (DuPont STOP®), leading metrics, EHS management system, and software

Reduced year-over-year global incident rates by ~40% for both recordable and lost time injuries

Safety rated as most highly positive and favorable aspect among all topics in most recent employee survey

Led or supported business development activities for acquisition, consolidation, and divestiture globally (e.g., Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific) as well as $2MM+ environmental remediation in the Americas

SunCoke Energy (2012 – 2013)

Corporate Environmental Director – Lisle, IL (March 2012 – October 2013)

Corporate Environmental Director for ~$2B company that is largest independent producer of high-quality metallurgical coke and internationally recognized as leading pioneer in heat recovery cokemaking technology.

Exceeded company environmental target by 30%, refined overall environmental organization, and established multi-disciplinary response for compliance with anticipated multi-site Consent Decree

Completed development of environmental management system, including roles and responsibilities, preventive maintenance, incident investigation methodology, and expanded environmental metrics

Momentive (2007 – 2012)

Vice President, Environmental Programs – Albany, NY (November 2007 – March 2012)

Vice President, Environmental Programs for $7.5B company, a merger of Hexion Specialty Chemicals and Momentive Performance Materials (formerly GE Advanced Materials), that comprises three business units totaling over 10,000 employees at nearly 120 sites in two dozen countries.

Authored corporate environmental management system based on ISO14001:2004 that, according to accreditation auditor from LQRA, is “…best-crafted documentation for operational controls this assessor has ever seen in over 6 years of assessments in more than 200 different EMS systems.”

Reduced significant environmental events over 75% in a 4-year period as well as decreased actual annual environmental operating costs by $1 MM with further anticipated $1.5MM yearly savings starting in 2012

Prior to 2011, co-lead Americas EHS for one of the business units that resulted in 2009 of dramatically lower OSHA I&I rate and internal PSM metrics (such as fires/explosions), both reduced by about 35%

Led Strategic EHS Planning Process to track regulatory developments and emerging issues worldwide, as well as oversaw global EHS capital project portfolio, saving over $10MM total in 2008 through 2010

Devised company-wide programs for EHS sustainability and certification (e.g., ISO14001/OHSAS18001)

General Electric (1998 – 2007)

Global EHS Leader, GE Parts & Repair Services – Schenectady, NY (November 2005 - October 2007)

Global EHS Leader for $2.3B business within GE Energy Services that repairs electric generation machinery, electrical distribution equipment, and heavy industrial motors, and consists of over 4,000 employees, both represented and non-represented, located at nearly 70 service centers in 15 countries covering six continents.

Implemented numerous key initiatives for injury prevention, reducing global OSHA I&I rate by 42%

Advanced EHS culture change ( by incorporating additional concepts to integrate EHS across functions beyond Operations

Built Plant Manager EHS training and presented worldwide to over 200 management personnel

Devised EHS performance and metrics report cited as a GE best practice, stated to be “gold standard”

Produced and globally distributed employee and supervisor EHS playbooks in numerous languages

Effectively managed global matrix organization with 14 direct reports and over 60 indirect reports

Global Environmental Leader, GE Energy Services – Schenectady, NY (June 2004 - November 2005)

Global Environmental Leader for this business within GE Energy comprising of seven separate daughter businesses totaling over 18,000 employees in nearly 200 locations with annual revenue exceeding $8B.

Created and led business-wide EHS compliance audit program considered one of the best in GE

Developed enhanced environmental management system called Environmental Excellence (E-XL) program modeled from USEPA’s Performance Track program

Given additional role as Global Air Leader for GE Energy, $18B mother business of GE Energy Services

Successfully negotiated with USEPA Region 9 and Bay Area Air Quality Management District for withdrawal from New Source Review program for co-generation utility plant at Stanford University

Plant Manager, GE Quartz – Richmond Heights, OH (September 2002 - June 2004)

Plant Manager of quartz ingot manufacturing facility that uniquely employs the electric fusion process and achieved nearly $40M in annual sales with workforce of only 25 employees.

Received two business performance awards known “Imagine That!” for Operations Excellence (yield improvement and cost productivity) and EHS Excellence (set record of 19 months without OSHA I&I)

Given additional role as Site Leader for Cleveland (152nd Street) Sand Plant

Led cost reduction effort via deflation and suppliers in low cost countries that saved ~$1MM annually

EHS Project Leader, GE Quartz – Richmond Heights, OH (June 2001 - September 2002)

EHS Project Leader for business growth platform chartered to create a new quartz operations division for an ultra-high purity quartz manufacturing process.

Led all EHS aspects to include permitting, pollution control, environmental modeling, and process safety

Conducted confidential property acquisition search, (internal and external, domestic and international) and corresponding due diligence

Co-developed process optimization to eliminate emissions of hazardous air pollutants with simultaneous decrease in energy consumption

Environmental Manager, GE Silicones – Waterford, NY (August 2000 - June 2001)

Environmental Manager for large chemical plant widely considered most environmentally complex in GE. Subject to nearly every USEPA air program regulation, 5,000 GPM wastewater treatment plant discharging into the Hudson River, onsite hazardous waste landfills and hazardous waste incinerators, and groundwater remediation network of ~200 control and monitoring wells.

Productively cut environmental staff size in half, from 11 to 5 by digitization to streamline compliance

Effectively administered onsite NYSDEC environmental monitor, who has been in place since mid-90’s

Chemical Operations EHS Manager, GE Silicones – Waterford, NY (July 1999 - August 2000)

EHS Manager for continuous chemical operation part (ChemOps) of GE’s largest silicones manufacturing plant that comprised nearly 1,500 employees and annual revenue of over $800M.

Led Behavior-based Safety and PSM program that was a major factor for successful initial plant-wide certification into VPP

Initiated bird nuisance control program for winter season influx of 30,000+ starlings onto plant property

Air Program Manager, GE Silicones – Waterford, New York (July 1998 - July 1999)

Air Program Manager for GE Silicones’ manufacturing plant in Waterford, New York that covers 800 acres with 60 buildings and 200 chemical processes. Master team member in GE’s Clean Air Task Force.

Consolidated nearly 650 permits under Title V and initiated into Acid Rain via NOx Budget program

Prepared response of over 20,000 pages to largest Clean Air Act Section 114 request in USEPA history

IT Corporation (1997 – 1998)

Technical Resource Manager – Irvine and San Diego, CA (June 1997 - July 1998)

Technical Resource Manager at Irvine and San Diego, California, offices of IT Corporation, a multi-national environmental consulting firm.

Hired to re-establish air quality group for the Southern California region

Successfully partnered with another consulting firm and expanded work to Northern California office

Rust Environment & Infrastructure (1994 - 1997)

Senior Project Manager – Raleigh, NC (December 1994 - June 1997)

Senior Project Manager in air quality department at Raleigh office of Rust E&I, an environmental and civil engineering consultant firm.

Primarily managed air quality projects, large and small – regulatory applicability analyses, air emissions inventory, permitting, and air dispersion modeling as well as small scale groundwater remediation

Successfully negotiated with USEPA Region 4 to allow unique application of cavity air dispersion modeling to the benefit of the client

Corning (1991 – 1994)

Senior Environmental Engineer – Wilmington, NC (April 1993 - December 1994)

Inaugural environmental engineer for world’s first and largest optical fiber manufacturing plant

Production Shift Supervisor – Wilmington, NC (June 1991 - April 1993)

Production shift supervisor in the Orion Draw department of Corning’s optical fiber manufacturing plant in Wilmington, North Carolina. Plant operated in rotating shifts, both 8 hour and 12 hour.

US Navy (1986 – 1991)

Lieutenant – Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (June 1986 - June 1991)

Division Officer, at various times, for Torpedo, Sonar, and Electrical Divisions and as Reactor Controls Assistant on a nuclear powered, fast attack, Los Angeles class submarine, USS San Francisco (SSN-711). Served during both sea duty and operational overhaul.

Licenses, Certifications, and Education

Professional Engineer – Chemical Engineering, North Carolina (#022592)

Certification – ISO 14001 lead auditor, TapRoot® team leader/trainer, Sologic® master facilitator, and Six Sigma green belt. Trained in both Six Sigma black belt and Lean manufacturing.

UC Berkeley – B.S., Chemical Engineering, Class of 1986, Graduated with honors

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