PMI names technical director

ROLLING MEADOWS, IL -- Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) announces the appointment of Len Swatkowski as technical director.

Most recently, Swatkowski was a program manager for Jarden Consumer Solutions in Boca Raton, Fla., where he directed the U.S. and Asian staff in the completion of numerous projects contributing to the home environment segment. During the 1990s, Swatkowski spent a decade in an executive technical role for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) in Chicago, before the organization relocated to Washington, D.C.

In his new position, Swatkowski will be responsible for analyzing and reporting proposed code and standard changes, maintaining and managing effective relationships with PMI members, certification agencies and industry peers and representing PMI at various industry meetings.

"We are delighted to welcome Len to PMI," commented Barbara C. Higgens, PMI's executive director. "Over the past months, we carefully evaluated a number of talented candidates for the position, each with a variety of skill sets. Len was the clear standout as he brings with him a unique blend of consensus building capabilities and an excellent technical background together with industry trade association experience."

Previously, Swatkowski held engineering management positions for a number of consumer product manufacturing companies including Whirlpool Corporation. He continues to serve on the Engineering Advisory Board of APPLIANCE magazine, as he has since 1998.

Swatkowski holds M.B.A., M.S.M.E.T. and B.S.M.E.T. degrees from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. Swatkowski and his wife Betty are in the process of relocating to the northwest suburbs of Chicago from Boca Raton. They are the parents of two grown children and grandparents of a granddaughter.

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