Loyd “Aldie” Warnock will become its senior vice president of external affairs, communications & public policy
American Water Works Co. Inc. announced that effective April 28, 2014, Loyd “Aldie” Warnock will become its senior vice president of external affairs, communications and public policy. This position will report directly to American Water’s president and CEO.
“Bringing Aldie onboard at this critical time, with his many years of public policy and stakeholder experience, will better position our company to take on an even greater role as an industry leader,” said Jeff Sterba, president and CEO. “He is a veteran utility executive who will strengthen our already proven management team at American Water as we move through our CEO and CFO transitions in May.”
“American Water has always put great emphasis on building and maintaining constructive relationships with our many stakeholders,” said Susan Story, senior vice president and CFO of American Water, who will become president and CEO May 9, 2014. “With the many challenges that the water industry faces—from aging infrastructure, to sustainable water supply, to water-energy nexus issues and more—American Water is fully committed to working with both the public and private sectors to ensure safe, clean, affordable and reliable water for our communities for decades to come, and Aldie will enhance our efforts in this critical area."
Warnock will be responsible for corporate external affairs including legislative and regulatory policy, strategic water policy as well as corporate communications functions. He will also work closely with other key stakeholders to advance the mission and growth of American Water and will be a member of the company’s executive leadership team.
Warnock currently serves as the senior vice president of External Affairs at the Midwest Independent System Operator Inc. (MISO), a non-profit, self-governing organization of representatives from 16 states with regulatory jurisdiction over entities participating in MISO and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. In this role, Warnock directs MISO's policy development for all regulatory and legislative matters, overseeing state and federal regulatory and legislative activities, client relations, stakeholder support and corporate communications for the regional transmission organization.
Previously, Warnock served as vice president of external affairs for Allegheny Energy where he oversaw the utility's interaction with elected officials, including members of Congress, governors and state legislative leadership.
Prior to his service at Allegheny, Warnock served as senior vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs at Mirant Corporation in Atlanta and as vice president of regulatory affairs at Reliant Energy in Houston. Warnock led Mirant's federal and state legislative and regulatory activities served as the primary contact with regional transmission organizations and oversaw all policy matters related to these areas. He also represented Mirant at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Electric Power Supply Assn., the Edison Electric Institute and various public utility commissions.
Warnock received his bachelor's degree in business administration and management from Mississippi State University.