Snehal Desai

Senior Vice President, Chief Growth and Innovation Officer

Role at Xylem

As Chief Growth and Innovation Officer, Snehal leads the company’s enterprise approach to improving customer experience and outcomes while driving profitable growth. He is focused on innovation and digital transformation that create sustainable benefits for customers and communities. He also leads the evolution of the Innovation, Technology, Product and Digital functions for the combined company of Xylem and Evoqua. 

Professional Background

Snehal joined Xylem in 2023, having served as Executive Vice President, Chief Growth and Sustainability Officer at Evoqua Water Technologies since 2018. He has more than 35 years of water, commercial and innovation leadership experience, including as:

  • Global Vice President/General Manager for Dow Water & Process Solutions, where he worked for more than 20 years across two periods with positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, business development and technical service and development
  • Head of commercial and business development for Segetis
  • Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of NatureWorks LLC

Community Impact

Snehal serves on the Board of Directors for the Water Reuse Association and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for Chatham University.


Master of Business Administration, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan