VANCOUVER, BC – BioteQ Environmental Technologies, Inc. (TSX: BQE), a leader in industrial wastewater treatment, announces a number of Board and Management changes.
David Kratochvil, previously BioteQ’s President and Chief Technology Officer, will rejoin the Company in the capacity of Interim Chief Executive Officer commencing March 1st, 2014. David’s previous experience with BioteQ’s technologies will be well known to most shareholders. The BioteQ Board is very pleased to welcome him back in a senior role with the Company.
For personal reasons, George Poling will step down from his capacity as Board Chair, although he will remain on the BioteQ Board. The Company would like to thank George for his many years of stewardship as Board Chair and appreciate him agreeing to continue on as a Board Director.
Peter Gleeson will step up from his previous role as a non-executive member of the Board and will assume an executive management role as Executive Chairman.
Given David’s return to BioteQ and the decision to create the role of Executive Chair, the current Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Wilkinson, will step down from his positions as CEO and Board member. The Board would like to thank Jonathan for his service in these roles.
The changes being announced today are part of a plan that will include renewed emphasis on the development and provision of innovative technical solutions for the mining sector. The plan will also focus on reductions in the Company’s cost structure where feasible.
Jonathan will remain with BioteQ in the capacity of Chief Executive Officer until February 28th, 2014 to enable a managed, orderly and effective transition.
BioteQ Corporate Profile
BioteQ is an innovative clean technology leader in global industrial water treatment, serving the mining and energy markets. The company has technology expertise and proven operational capabilities in sulphide precipitation, ion exchange, alkali/lime precipitation, leaching, sulphate removal and SART technology. Over the past decade, BioteQ has designed and commissioned waste water treatment plants at mine sites for leading organizations including Xstrata, Freeport McMoRan, Jiangxi Copper and the US EPA. These plants recover dissolved metals and/or remove substances such as sulphate and selenium, producing clean water and minimizing or eliminating residual waste. BioteQ is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada and trades on the TSX under the symbol BQE. Please visit our website at www.bqewater.com for additional information.
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