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GUILFORD, Conn. — Certus has hired Desiree Straubinger as vice president of technical.

Straubinger began her career with Steritech in 2002 after graduating from Purdue University with a degree in entomology. She started as a service supervisor and worked within the company’s brand standards division. Her true passion within the industry was revealed when she joined the Steritech technical team. After Steritech’s acquisition by Rentokil in 2015, Straubinger became the market technical director for the southeast and Canadian markets, where she led a team of technical managers to drive quality through training and knowledge.

Straubinger serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Pi Chi Omega Board of Directors, Pi Chi Omega Scholarship Chair, FPMA Education Committee and NPMA Commercial Committee. She is a board-certified entomologist and a certified professional – food safety.

Mike Givlin, CEO and co-founder of Certus, said, “We continue to build the Certus team with top industry professionals. Desiree’s commitment to technical excellence throughout the industry is both admirable and invaluable. Having such a strong leader at the helm of our technical programs will bring Certus’ quality and service excellence focus to the next level.”

Straubinger said, “I’m inspired by what the Certus team has already achieved and am thrilled to be part of this success by building quality programs side-by-side with operations.”