Posted: Friday 29th October 2010

A Southampton-based company which has developed pioneering new technology to tackle the worldwide problem of water leakage has made a number of key appointments.

i2O Water has signed up Reg Deraed as its new Group Sales Director whilst Iain Tobin has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

With more than 15 years of software industry experience, Reg Deraed joined i2O in August 2010. Prior to this, Reg was Sales Director for Northern Europe, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa at InfoVista, a software specialist for telecom network performance management.

Meanwhile CFO Iain Tobin has extensive experience of managing fast-growing international businesses. He trained as a chartered accountant with KPMG and in 2001 became Finance Director of the global management consulting business Arthur D. Little.

More recently, Iain co-founded Metricell, a start-up software venture, where he took the role of Chief Operating Officer.

Entrepreneurs Adam Kingdon and Andrew Burrows, who founded i2O Water five years ago, have also appointed Gary Wyeth as Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific region.

Gary is a chartered engineer with 19 years’ experience in the water industry, including 16 years in South East Asia.

Gary spent his early career working for Biwater and Thames Water International. During this time, he worked as a project manager or technical advisor on NRW projects in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. He was also a key member of the management team that set up Ranhill Water Services in Malaysia in 2005. In his role as Business Development Director, he helped to grow this company into one of the leading NRW contractors in Asia.

i2O Water has created a sophisticated hi-tech system to help solve the problem of leakage in water distribution networks, both across the UK and worldwide.

On average, each i2O system saves the equivalent of 60,000 litres of drinking water per day. If i2O systems were installed throughout the UK, they would save more than 200 million litres of water per day – enough to supply another 1 million people with water.

i2O Water is based at the University of Southampton Science Park. The company employs 30 people and prides itself on being a forward-thinking UK company which has designed cutting-edge technology to tackle a worldwide problem.

i2O Water was shortlisted in the best technology start-up category of the 2009 iawards for innovative British businesses.

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