Dr. Anand Persad Promoted at Davey Institute

Posted: Aug. 21, 2019 

Kent, Ohio – The Davey Tree Expert Company is proud to announce the promotion of Dr. Anand Persad to director of arboriculture and energy client programs at the Davey Institute, the Davey Company’s premier research, development and innovation division. 

In his new role, Persad will bring additional focus from the Davey Institute to utility clients served by Davey’s Utility and Davey Resource Group service lines. Previously, Persad was manager of plant science research at the Davey Institute.

“Anand is a cultivator of opportunity. He has deep technical expertise, yet he also develops new and innovative concepts – a rare combination of skills that brings value to our clients,” said Jim Zwack, vice president and general manager at the Davey Institute.

In an increasingly complex and collaborative business environment, Persad combines technical expertise with Davey’s best business practices to deliver science-based solutions to Davey’s clients. Recently, he collaborated with Davey’s Utility services management to create curriculum for the Davey Institute of Utility Sciences, a program designed to further the education and training of Utility services employees.

Additionally, Persad has conducted a significant body of research focused on the structural and biomechanical effects of the emerald ash borer on ash trees, which led to three published papers, dozens of industry presentations and wide recognition within the arboriculture industry.

Persad also oversees the Davey Institute’s diagnostic laboratory, which provides diagnostic expertise to Davey offices for thousands of plant and soil samples annually. He is past president of the Arboricultural Research and Education Academy (AREA) and chair of the Utility Arborists Association (UAA) North American Research Committee.

Persad holds multiple degrees from the University of the West Indies.

With more than 10,500 employees throughout North America, The Davey Tree Expert Company provides solutions for residential, utility, commercial and government clients. Rooted in research, the company’s vision is to achieve balance among people, progress and the environment. Tree experts since 1880, Davey provides diversified tree services, grounds maintenance and environmental services. Celebrating 40 years of employee ownership, Davey is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the U.S. and is headquartered in Kent, Ohio. Want to join us? Discover your Davey career, and apply today.




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