ITT executive joins Godwin Pumps as president

By Murray Pollok14 September 2010

Per Ohstrom, vice president of marketing at Godwin Pumps

Per Ohstrom, vice president of marketing at Godwin Pumps

Godwin Pumps has made several senior appointments following its sale to ITT.

Former president of ITT Flygt Canada, Michel Bakhos, has been appointed president of Godwin, taking over from Godwin founder and outgoing president John Paz.

Mr Bakhos is an experience pump executive having been with ITT Flygt in Canada for several years. he joined ITT in 1983 and has served as president of the Americas region since 2001.

Also joining Godwin is a former senior marketing executive from RSC Equipment Rental, Per Ohstrom, who joins as vice president of worldwide marketing and business development.

Mr Ohstrom served as vice president of marketing at RSC, where he grew revenues with new, value-added services and promotions, adding 4000 new accounts and US$10 million worth of sales in his two-year tenure. He was also responsible for a $51 million retail product range and merchandising in 450 branch locations.

He will report directly to Michel Bakhos and will oversee Godwin's marketing, communications, training, product management and worldwide business development and market management.

Mr Bakhos said; "With over 15 years of experience in industrial product and service marketing and business development, Per will be relied upon to drive Godwin's worldwide profitable growth and continued customer satisfaction".

Meanwhile, Andy Hilton, communications director for ITT Water & Wastewater, told IRN that ITT planned to use Godwin's pump rental business as a model for similar rental operations elsewhere in the world; "They have an outstanding rental business, which is an area we see opportunity for growth around the world.

"Wherever we can, we will look to leverage the skills and expertise of the Godwin people and their diesel-driven product portfolio, which is essential to be successful in rental. Of course, in some global markets, we have a healthy rental business today, which we hope to only improve by integrating the Godwin products into the offer."

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