Two Water Industry Veterans Also Appointed to Key Management Roles

ANN ARBOR, Mich.  – NSF International, an independent organization that protects human health and the environment, has appointed Pierre Sbabo as Vice President of its Water Systems Division.  In this role, Sbabo will focus on the geographic growth of the division while simplifying the product certification process and continuing to strengthen customer service.  Sbabo also will oversee the development of new standards and services to support emerging water treatment technologies worldwide.

For more than 50 years, NSF has provided services to thousands of manufacturers and utilities in the global water treatment and distribution, piping/plumbing and recreational water industries. Through standards development and product testing and certification, NSF verifies the safety and performance of water contact products and materials. NSF standards are now referenced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and certification to NSF standards is required in over 45 U.S. states and an increasing number of regions worldwide.

Sbabo brings 16 years of water industry and international business development experience, most recently serving as Managing Director of NSF’s Asia-Pacific operations based in Bangkok, Thailand. In this role, he established the infrastructure for the company’s operations across Thailand, India, China, Korea and Taiwan.  Additionally, Sbabo led the development of the new NSF Shanghai Testing Technology Company, which is NSF’s Shanghai laboratory.

Prior to joining NSF, Sbabo served as the International Business Leader for General Electric’s (GE) residential/commercial Water & Process Technologies in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region.  He holds a master’s degree in marketing and international business from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Chambery (the Business school in Chambery) in France. 

Supporting Sbabo and the NSF Water Systems Division in newly appointed roles are Rick Andrew as General Manager of the NSF Drinking Water Treatment Units Program and Grant Thornley as Business Development Director for the NSF Water Systems Division.

Rick Andrew

Grant Thornley

Rick Andrew

General Manager, NSF International Drinking Water Treatment Units Program
Working closely with Sbabo, Rick Andrew will manage all facets of the NSF Drinking Water Treatment Units Program in his new role as General Manager.  For the past 12 years, Andrew has worked in this NSF program in roles of increasing responsibility to support standards activities and certification of residential point-of-use and point-of-entry water treatment products.  Most recently, Andrew served as Operations Manager, where he led technical operations and business development activities.

Prior to joining NSF, Andrew worked for 12 years as an analytical chemist and consultant specializing in environmental and industrial process areas.  He holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, both from the University of Michigan.

Grant Thornley

Business Development Director, NSF International Water Systems Division
Supporting Sbabo and Andrew will be Grant Thornley in the role of Business Development Director for the NSF Water Systems Division. Thornley will assist companies worldwide with their water testing and certification needs. With 20 years of experience in the industrial and municipal water and wastewater markets, Thornley has helped companies grow in the areas of chemical, physical and biological treatment processes as well as water distribution.  He has worked with Norit, REHAU (Unlimited Polymer Solutions), GE Water, Siemens Water Technologies and Nalco. Most recently, he served as Principal Consultant of 101 Water Consulting Group, strategizing product positioning, market analysis and competitive strategies for client offerings.  He holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business at the University of Edinburgh.

“Adding Pierre, Rick and Grant to the NSF Water Division team further strengthens our capabilities in the water sector.  Their 50 years of combined experience in international business development, client service and program management will help NSF customers access new markets to grow their business globally,” said Kevan P. Lawlor, NSF International President and CEO.  

For more information, visit NSF’s website, email or call 734-913-5785.

About NSF International: NSF International is an independent organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (  Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF International’s Water Treatment Programs require extensive product testing and unannounced audits of production facilities to verify that water treatment products meet the design, material, and performance requirements.

NSF developed the American national public health standards for all chemicals used to treat drinking water and materials/products coming into contact with drinking water. In 1988, the U.S. EPA replaced its own drinking water programs with these NSF standards, which are now the national standards for drinking water. NSF International is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

  • NSF/ANSI Standard 60: Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals is the nationally-recognized health effects standard for chemicals used to treat drinking water.
  • NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components is the nationally-recognized health effects standard for all devices, components and materials that come in contact with drinking water.

Additional NSF services include sustainability services, NSF Education and Training programs, safety audits for the food and water industries, organic certification, nutritional/dietary supplement certification and management systems registrations