Xylem Appoints Two New Board Members
Ms. Tretikov currently serves as corporate vice president of technology in the Office of the CTO at Microsoft Corporation. In that role, she applies a cross-disciplinary approach to the development and commercialization of advanced-technology products that apply innovation to solve complex problems.
Mr. Yadav is the president and chief operating officer of Eaton's Electrical Sector, which reported $13.3 billion in revenue for 2019. He brings over 20 years of international and industrial experience and global P&L leadership serving diverse sectors including heavy industry, aerospace, and automotive. He has deep experience in deploying new product and service solutions, and developing new business models.
“We are pleased to welcome Lila and Uday to the Board of Directors,” said Robert Friel, chair of Xylem’s Board. “Both have outstanding leadership experience and global perspectives that are complimentary to the Board. Lila’s background in technology and innovation will add insights to the Company’s focus on the digital transformation of the water sector. Uday combines operational discipline with expertise in industrial transformation across international markets. We look forward to working with both of them as we continue to grow the company and create value for our shareholders.”
Further commenting on the appointments, Decker added, “In addition to their outstanding qualifications, Lila and Uday’s appointments further deepen the diversity of our Board, which is important to the long-term sustainability of our business. All of Xylem’s stakeholders will benefit from Lila and Uday’s rich experience as we bring innovation to bear on solving the world’s toughest water challenges.”
About Lila Tretikov
Lila Tretikov is a corporate vice president of technology in the Office of the CTO at Microsoft Corporation, and a leading expert on artificial intelligence and business transformation. She brings a diverse background of business, technology, design, and policy. In her role at Microsoft, Lila applies a cross-disciplinary approach to creating solutions that address some of the world's most challenging problems and empower humanity through technology.
Prior to Microsoft, Tretikov was chief executive officer of Terrawatt and senior vice president of Engie, a global organization based in France, with a mission to alter the Earth's ecology through energy transition to CO2-negative systems. She was also chief executive of Wikimedia Foundation, an organization supporting Wikipedia. She has authored numerous patents and articles in the field of technology-enabled business transformations. She previously served on the Board of Rackspace, a publicly traded cloud technology company, and several private companies.
Tretikov attended Moscow State Lomonosov University, where she studied Mathematics, and the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied Artificial Intelligence and Visual Art.
About Uday Yadav
Uday Yadav is president and chief operating officer, Electrical Sector, for Eaton, a power management company. In this role, Yadav is responsible for the company’s global electrical business and has corporate responsibility for Eaton’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Previously, Yadav served as president and chief operating officer of the company’s Industrial Sector and had corporate responsibility for the company’s operations in the Asia Pacific, Central and South American regions.
Since joining Eaton in 1999, Yadav has held leadership positions in all of Eaton’s operating groups, as well as corporate-wide roles. He has served as president of Eaton’s Aerospace segment; executive vice president, Eaton Business System; president, Hydraulics - Asia Pacific; vice president of Supply Chain Management for the Fluid Power Group; local managing director for Eaton in India; and held in-market roles based in China, Europe and the United States. Prior to joining Eaton, Yadav worked with Lucas Engineering and Systems and Aeroquip Vickers, based in the UK.
Yadav holds a double degree with honors in engineering and business from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom.
Source: Xylem Inc.