Proven Leadership for
Today & Tomorrow
With unparalleled industry experience and a culture built around finding cost-effective, environmentally-sound solutions, SUEZ has become a voice for change in North America and around the globe. Our dedicated executive management team is committed to continuing to bring the highest level of service to the communities, businesses and individuals that rely on us every day, and to being a good neighbor and civic partner in everything we do.
Eric Gernath is chief executive officer of SUEZ North America. Eric has significant leadership experience in the water, waste and utilities sectors worldwide. Since joining the SUEZ group in 1991, Eric has managed and transformed businesses across five international markets. Most recently, Eric led SUEZ’s operations in Australia and New Zealand. Under his leadership, the business invested significantly in strategic acquisitions and infrastructure and grew significantly to employ 2,600 employees nationally with revenues more than tripling to $AUD1.5 billion. Eric also served as Chairman of the Board of SITA-ResourceCo, a leading manufacturer of alternative fuels. Eric returns to SUEZ in North America, having previously worked in the business as executive vice president of commercial development. Previously, Eric held positions in France, China, Taiwan and the USA. In 2004, Eric became CEO of Teris, LLC, an American waste treatment company. He also spent five years in senior roles at Nalco/Ondeo, a water treatment company in the USA, and five years in China as general manager of Degrémont. Eric is a member of the SUEZ Global Executive Management Committee and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mathieu Le Bourhis
Mathieu Le Bourhis serves as Chief Financial Officer for SUEZ North America and its parent company, SUEZ. He is responsible for SUEZ North America’s strategic planning program and all financial functions, including accounting, treasury, corporate finance, financial planning, regulatory business and procurement. He also oversees SUEZ North America’s information technology group.
With more than 20 years of financial experience, Mathieu has held management and financial positions across the globe. Prior to joining SUEZ North America, Mathieu was Chief Financial Officer for Degrémont (now Treatment Solutions) where he was responsible for the design, build and operations of water treatment plants worldwide through 10 business units. Before his role as CFO, Mathieu acted as the director of corporate planning and finance for Degrémont.
Mathieu began his career at Arthur Andersen, where he gained experience in statutory audit, joint ventures and telecommunication. He then worked at VALEO Group and held positions of increasing responsibility such as project controller, director of group internal audit, financial control and financial director.
Mathieu attended the Lycée Michel Montaigne in Bordeaux, France where he studied math and sciences. He then attended a pre-business management school prior to earning his M.B.A. from EDHEC Management Business School, majoring in finance.
Mathieu is fluent in three languages – French, English and Spanish – as well as being well-practiced in German.
Michael Salas serves as chief information officer for SUEZ North America, a subsidiary of SUEZ. In this position, he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s IT strategy, governance, project delivery, systems development, infrastructure and service delivery.
Michael has over 15 years of experience and a proven ability to lead major technology-based business transformation programs and consistently drives for best practice and superior customer service..
Michael first joined the SUEZ group as chief information officer for Australia, in which he successfully managed the technology strategy, project delivery and service delivery of both the waste and water businesses in Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to joining SUEZ, he worked for some of Australia’s most prominent companies in various roles related to technology planning and strategy, client management, and operations and service management. He has also worked abroad leading technology teams delivering projects for clients in Hong Kong, Germany, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico.
Marie C. Waugh serves as senior vice president of human resources for SUEZ North America, a subsidiary of SUEZ. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing the company’s nationwide human resources strategies and programs.
Marie has over 20 years of experience and a proven ability to lead large scale and dramatic change, transforming, motivating and developing teams while successfully integrating processes and staff with business strategy.
Prior to joining SUEZ North America, Marie served as director of human resources for Energy Transfer, a Houston-based company. She has directed human resources and compensation departments at Fannie Mae and served as senior vice president of corporate human resources and employee relations at financial services giant Washington Mutual Corp. Marie began her career at JP Morgan Chase, where she started as assistant treasurer and grew into leading Chase Mortgage Servicing as senior vice president, human resources.
Marie serves as a board member for Hackensack University Medical Center-Passaic Valley. Marie is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. She has also served as a board member of the Children’s Hunger Alliance and Action for Children. Other affiliations include president of the Key Club, member of United Way Ohio and participant in Goodwill’s capital campaign.
Marie holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Baruch College of New York.
Rich Henning serves as senior vice president of communications for SUEZ North America. In this position, he oversees all internal and external communications programs for the company’s corporate office and its nationwide water and wastewater operations. This includes strategic planning and policy development, media relations, marketing, community relations, customer communications and creative services.
Rich is responsible for leading SUEZ North America’s communications program, which fosters the company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, sustainable development and managed growth.
Rich joined SUEZ North America in 1990 and assisted in transforming the company from a regional utility into a leading national environmental and water services company. Earlier in his career Rich held management positions with General Electric, RCA and Panasonic.
He serves as chair of the board of directors for the Heroes and Cool Kids Foundation. In addition, he sits on the boards of both Hackensack University Medical Center and the Foundation for Free Enterprise. He is a member of the New Jersey Utilities Association, the New York State Water Wise Council and the American Water Works Association.
Rich has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Rutgers University, where he also taught media relations as an adjunct professor.
Dominique Demessence serves as president of SUEZ North America Environmental Services and Advanced Solutions and is responsible for overseeing the operations and management of contract operations and water asset maintenance contracts throughout the United States and Canada. This includes 80 projects affiliated with municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems as well as two solid waste treatment facilities, and more than 4,000 municipal and industrial customers.
Dominique has more than 20 years of water industry experience in management, strategy and business development, operational improvement of large private utilities and the negotiation of large, international environmental contracts. He previously served as CEO of SUEZ’ Advanced Solutions segment (formerly Utility Service Group).
Since joining SUEZ in 1989, Dominique has held leadership positions in Spain, Chile, Indonesia and France. He served as Corporate Director – Business Development for Agbar in Barcelona where he managed the company’s development of its existing territories in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Prior to that, he served as Corporate Director – Customer Service where he managed the CIS project for the Agbar group.
Dominique holds an executive MBA from HEC Paris, a master and engineering degree in geophysics from IFP in France and a bachelor’s degree in physics and geophysics from Paris University.
David Stanton serves as president of SUEZ North America’s Utility Segment and is responsible for overseeing the operations and management of regulated water and wastewater businesses across the nation. David has over 25 years of experience in the water industry in the United States and abroad.
Prior to joining SUEZ North America, a subsidiary of SUEZ, David served as chief executive officer and member of the board of APTwater, a company focused on water re-use. David grew APTwater from its inception through organic sales, services and acquisition of new technology. He built an innovative platform and market strategy, assembled a world-class investor base, acquired intellectual property to fuel future growth and compiled an extraordinary management team. Prior to APTwater, he served as chief operating officer and interim chief financial officer of SouthWest Water, where he led the company through a turnaround ending in a sale to a private equity company.
David launched his water career in 1990 with a startup company that was acquired by Wheelabrator Technologies. As the industry consolidated, he moved to Tyco International, where he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility before being appointed executive vice president of EarthTech’s international asset management division, constructing and operating water and wastewater utilities worldwide. When Tyco sold the EarthTech division, several business units were acquired by SUEZ, including NACO, WPT and a portfolio of projects in China.
David serves on the advisory board of a large, privately-held technology company and is active in several water industry trade organizations. He is also a recent graduate of the Young Presidents Organization.
David holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and has pursued continuing education at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and in Six Sigma process improvement methodologies.
Andrianne Payson serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of SUEZ in North America. In this capacity she oversees in-house attorneys and support staff and all legal activities related to the company’s water and recycling and recovery operations. This includes contract review and negotiation, acquisitions, litigation management, project development, and corporate compliance. Andrianne is also secretary of SUEZ North America’s board of directors and serves as the company’s Ethics Officer.
Prior to joining SUEZ, Andrianne served as the United States Co-Chair for DLA Piper’s Energy-Power Sector. In this role, she represented energy industry clients, including utilities, project developers and equity investors, on a variety of transactions in the U.S., Africa and the Caribbean.
Andrianne’s experience includes acquisitions and sales of energy assets, including conventional power generation and renewable energy, and infrastructure development projects. In addition to her legal experience, she is a Certified Public Accountant and was previously an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she audited investor-owned utilities in New York and Connecticut.
Gary Albertson is responsible for all business development activities for SUEZ North America. This includes both organic growth and new acquisitions for these companies in the U.S and Canada. He is also responsible for external relations with multilateral agencies and industry groups in the water sector.
Gary has over 27 years of experience in the water industry with much of it focused in the field of operations and asset management of water and wastewater systems. He previously served as Vice President – Business Development where he helped secure and deliver a $1.2-billion, 20-year wastewater services contract with Nassau County, NY, the largest in the nation’s history. Prior to that, Gary served as Vice President – Capital Investment Planning and Delivery in which he was responsible for asset management activities throughout all SUEZ North America (formerly United Water) companies.
Prior to joining SUEZ North America, Gary served as a Senior Project Manager with Montgomery Watson where he was responsible for engineering and project management for public and private water utilities.
He is a member of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), the Water Research Foundation, the Design Build Institute of America, the International Water Association and the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
Gary holds a M.S. in environmental engineering from Manhattan College and a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Hartford. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in New Jersey.
Catherine Ricou is responsible for all aspects of the operations support group for SUEZ North America. This includes managing technical support to operations and business development, capital planning, research and innovation, quality management, sustainable development and technical training.
Catherine has over 21 years of experience in the water industry with a focus in marketing and business development in the environmental, energy and water sectors. She previously served as Chief of Staff for SUEZ’ Water Europe division where she was responsible for managing strategic projects, such as the deployment of smart solutions throughout the Group’s European operations. Prior to that, Catherine worked for the ENGIE Group (formerly Cofely Services), in which she managed the communication and implementation of the company’s strategic plan.
Earlier in her career, Catherine served as Project Marketing Manager for Degrémont, in which she successfully managed the rehabilitation of Europe’s largest wastewater treatment plant in Paris.
Catherine is a graduate of AgroParisTech and Lycée Sainte-Geneviève in France.