IAPMO’s Dave Viola Elected to World Plumbing Council Chair

Dave Viola, CEO of The IAPMO Group of the United States was elected Chairman of the World Plumbing Council (WPC) for a three-year term at the World Plumbing Conference 2023, which concluded last week in Shanghai, China, and through remote online channels.

Viola, who previously served as vice chair on the WPC board, has nearly 30 years of leadership experience in the plumbing and engineering industries. He joined IAPMO in 2007 and was promoted to CEO in 2020.

Viola has a degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Illinois University and has served in industry roles as chair of the A112 Committee on Plumbing of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, on the board of directors of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Standardization and Testing, and as founding director of the Alliance for Water Efficiency , the World Health Organization (WHO) Water Quality Advisory Committee, and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Certification Committee.

Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Geneva, WPC maintains NGO status with the World Health Organization and has a mission to unite the global sanitation industry and promote its role in improving public health and protecting the environment.

“I am honored and excited to be called upon to continue the legacy of progress established by my predecessors on behalf of the international plumbing community,” said Viola. “Advancing key goals in workforce development, workplace diversity, highlighting skills and generally demonstrating the great benefits that plumbing has for humanity will be a priority throughout my term.”

Joining Viola on the WPC Board are Vice Chairman Kevin Wellman of England, Secretary/Treasurer Shayne La Combre of Australia, and Directors Tom Bigley (USA), Alberto Fossa (Brazil), Paddy Kavanagh (Ireland) and BSA Narayan (India). . , Yongxin Qin (China) and Jean Claude Twagirimana (Rwanda).

“I would like to recognize and thank Tom Bigley for his outstanding WPC leadership over the past four years and congratulate Kevin Wellman on his election as Vice Chair, with whom I look forward to working closely and productively as the organization continues to develop.”

The 2023 WPC Conference was attended by nearly 2,000 people from a dozen nations when combining in-person and virtual participants.

“I express great respect and gratitude to conference hosts Yongxin Qin and Lily Li Kai from China for their expert handling of all the behind-the-scenes work necessary to make the event successful while seamlessly balancing in-person and virtual participation bring to.”

The next WPC will take place in June 2026 in Birmingham, England.

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