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Pentair Names New General Counsel

March 15, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS, Mar 15, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Pentair announced today that Angela Lageson has been named senior vice president, general counsel and secretary succeeding Louis Ainsworth who announced his plan to retire in mid 2010.

Lageson,previously assistant general counsel at Pentair, brings a significant track record of achievement during her seven years with the company. She has provided primary legal support on many Pentair acquisitions and divestitures, including leading the structuring of the Pentair Residential Filtration joint venture. During her tenure, she has provided legal support to each of Pentair's global business units. In addition, Lageson has provided leadership on Board governance, corporate citizenship and compliance initiatives.

Previously, Lageson was a partner in the law firm of Henson & Efron, P.A. She graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and summa cum laude from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where she earned bachelor of arts degrees in English and German.

Throughout his 13-year career at Pentair, Ainsworth has been an important part of Pentair's senior leadership team. He was named Pentair's first general counsel in 1997 and has been instrumental in building a high performing legal team. Throughout his tenure, he played a key leadership role in Pentair's mergers and acquisitions agenda, including executing Pentair's significant portfolio transformations. He was the recipient of the 2009 Murray J. Harpole Leadership Award, one of Pentair's highest honors.

Prior to joining Pentair, Ainsworth was a partner with the law firm of Henson & Efron, P.A. for many years.

"We have been extremely fortunate to have had Louis as part of Pentair's senior leadership team for the past 13 years and previously as our outside legal counsel," said Randall J. Hogan, chairman and chief executive officer. "And, we are very pleased to have a leader with Angela's experience and depth to assume this important leadership role."


Pentair ( is a global diversified industrial company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its Water Group is a global leader in providing innovative products and systems used worldwide in the movement, treatment, storage and enjoyment of water. Pentair's Technical Products Group is a leader in the global enclosures and thermal management markets, designing and manufacturing thermal management products and standard, modified, and custom enclosures that protect sensitive electronics and the people that use them. With 2009 revenues of $2.7 billion, Pentair employs approximately 13,000 people worldwide.

SOURCE: Pentair, Inc.

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