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August 8, 2023

Hudson wastewater company picks California executive as new CEO

Photo | Courtesy of Heartland Water Technology Heartland Water Technology President & CEO Christopher Beaufait

Heartland Water Technology in Hudson named board member Christopher Beaufait as its new president and CEO.

Beaufait took over the position on April 17 as part of a planned transition from Earl Jones, who had been CEO since 2016, according to a Tuesday press release from Heartland. 

During his time as CEO, Jones secured a significant growth capital investment from Boston investor The Baupost Group and closed the acquisition of Cogent Energy Systems. Jones remains involved with Heartland in a strategic advisory role and as an investor.

Beaufait most recently served as president and CEO of Sharper Shape, an infrastructure management technology company based in California. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer for Sarcos Robotics in Seattle. 

Heartland Water Technology specializes in wastewater treatment and waste conversion. In the fall, the company will launch its waste conversion business focused initially on biosolids management, delivering assured PFAS destruction through high-temperature gasification.

"Wastewater treatment plants are looking for new ways to dispose of biosolids. With HelioStorm, we have a technology which not only breaks down biosolids, it also provides assured PFAS destruction and generates energy from waste,” Beaufait said in the press release. “Additionally, we expect HelioStorm to be highly effective at treating a variety of challenging waste products including PFAS resins, medical waste, and end-of-life plastics.”

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