Metso announces two personnel changes
Daniel Fairest

Metso announces two personnel changes

The new hires are meant to expand the company's reach in North America and U.K.


Metso Waste Recycling, based in Helsinki, has announced two personnel changes that are targeted to expand the company’s reach both in North America and in the U.K. and Ireland.

Lou Martins is Metso's new general sales manager in North America. Martins brings significant experience and a proven track record from the solid waste market, Metso says, including six years with Stamford, Connecticut-based Van Dyk Recycling Solutions.

At Van Dyk, Martins successfully developed and led a North American solutions initiative for processing and treating a new waste stream for glass, Metso says.

Part of Martins’ tasks will be to establish a waste recycling organization in North America to drive growth in the region for both static and mobile waste shredders. This includes hiring a distribution manager, establishing strong partner relations with plant builders and driving a solid pipeline to validate the potential in North America.

In addition to English, Martins speaks both Portuguese and Spanish. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering as well as an MBA in sales and marketing. When not working, Lou keeps active with kitesurfing, road biking and skiing.

“[I’m] looking forward to being part of a group with an incredible reputation backed by years of success in extremely demanding applications across diverse industry segments,” Martins says.

Lou Martins

Meanwhile, Daniel Fairest is the new area sales manager responsible for the U.K. and Ireland. Fairest resides in the U.K. and has substantial waste business experience, Metso says, with more than 15 years in the British waste industry. Most recently, he was a sales manager at Austria-based UNTHA shredding technology.

Fairest’s role is to grow Metso Waste Recycling’s market share by establishing and developing lasting business relationships with both new and existing customers and agents while assisting them in all aspects of their waste recycling and size reduction requirements. Ultimately, he’s charged with growing the brand in the U.K. and Ireland.

Fairest has a degree in graphic design and commercial advertising. When not working, he enjoys time with his wife, three young children and new dog. He also plays the guitar and is passionate about the Rolling Stones.

“I am looking forward to becoming an integral member of the Metso Waste Recycling team and making a significant contribution to developing the UK & ROI business,” Fairest says.