Dr. Roland Folz joins Pentair Food & Beverage as Director Technology & Innovation

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Pentair is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Roland Folz as the Director Technology & Innovation for Food & Beverage. Effective, February 1, 2014, Folz will be responsible for innovation, product design, solutions development, and the global R&D function for Pentair’s Food & Beverage division.
Folz has 17 years of experience in the brewing and beverage industries. Prior to joining Pentair, he
headed the VLB department Brewing & Beverage Science and Applications (BBSA), located in Berlin,
Germany. With his team of experienced engineers at the VLB-Berlin, Folz has worked on sustainable
developments for the brewing industry, future brewing streams and on fermentation & applied
microbiological concepts and control mechanisms. Under his leadership, the BBSA department became
an internationally respected provider for mission-oriented research and solutions regarding
technological topics, global consultancies and international training courses.
“I am delighted to welcome Roland Folz to his new position”, said Olaf M?ller, Vice President Pentair
Food & Beverage. “He brings significant expertise in his field and an excellent understanding of the
brewing and beverage industries. I am convinced that he will bring our company forward.”
Roland Folz started his career in the brewing industry with a technical apprenticeship as a Brewer &
Maltster at the Beck’s Brewery culminating with his doctorate degree with a thesis on the flavor
stability of beer in PET bottles. He has also served as the technical director for Germany-based
Preussen Pils Brewery and plant manager for the Oettinger Group.
Folz is the International Director on the American Society of Brewing Chemists’ (ASBC) Board of
Directors. He is active on the board of Examiners of the IBD (Institute of Brewing and Distilling) and
heads the working group for In-line Measurement Techniques of the MEBAK. Folz is a frequent lecturer
at the Scandinavian School of Brewing and the Copenhagen University. In addition, he is a member of
the ISBT (International Society of Beverage Technologists) and the MBAA (Master Brewers Association
of the Americas).
Folz holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Technology and a Diploma for Brewing Technology from the Technical
University Berlin, Germany. He will be based in Pentair’s office in Venlo, the Netherlands.