American Water Appoints Walter Lynch and John Young to New Leadership Roles

July 30, 2008
Lynch is now president of regulated operations, Young is president of American Water Services

American Water Works Co., Inc., the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company, recently announced that Walter Lynch has been appointed to the newly created position of president of regulated operations and John Young has been appointed as president of American Water Services, a new entity that will support the company's growth initiatives and service offerings. Young will also continue to serve as president of American Water Works Service Co., providing operating support to all aspects of the business. Both Lynch and Young will report to President and CEO Don Correll.

"Walter and John are key leaders in this company," said Correll. "These changes were made to continue to strengthen American Water, to support our growth and to drive performance. Walter and John have vast experience in this industry and I have every confidence that through these new positions, they will help this company achieve its full potential."

In his new role, Lynch will be responsible for the successful performance of American Water's 20 regulated states, serving approximately 1,625 communities. All of the state presidents will now report to him. In addition, Lynch will lead the company's two national customer call centers.

As president of American Water Services, Young will work to align the organization's capabilities to support various growth opportunities like the company's recent successes with the Tampa Bay desalination project in Florida and the Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant in Arizona.

Young will also continue to lead multiple operational functions, as well as lead the business transformation of the company's information technology effort. This critical effort will ensure the company employs the proper technology to execute its key strategies.

Lynch joined American Water in 2001 and most recently served as the executive vice president of business operations for the company's Eastern Division. Prior to that, he was president of American Water's Northeast Region. Lynch also served as president of American Water Products and Services Group.

Young joined American Water in 1977 and has held a variety of operations, engineering and executive positions, including chief operating officer, vice president of engineering, vice president of technical services and vice president of operations and investment performance. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Design/Build Institute of America (board member), the American Water Works Association (board member, section chair and Fuller awardee) and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He also serves on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Drinking Water Advisory Council and several EPA working groups.

Source: American Water Works Co., Inc.