Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Board of Directors

Karl F. Kurz
Karl F. Kurz
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board
Karl F. Kurz Karl Kurz was appointed on May 11, 2018 as non-executive Chairman of the Board of American Water, the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company.

He was initially appointed as an independent member of American Water’s board of directors on February 2015.

Mr. Kurz is a former chief operating officer for Anadarko and also held management positions at Vastar Resources and ARCO Oil and Gas. Most recently, Mr. Kurz served as a managing director of CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC, a global private equity firm, from 2009 to 2012.

Prior to CCMP, Mr. Kurz spent nine years with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in the world, last serving as chief operating officer from December 2006 to 2009. He was responsible for overseeing the company’s global exploration and production, marketing, midstream, land, technology and service businesses.

Mr. Kurz also previously served as general manager of midstream and marketing for Vastar Resources, Inc. where he managed the company’s marketing of oil, natural gas liquids, gas and gas processing. He also held management positions at ARCO Oil & Gas Company in several business units including reservoir engineering, production, operations, crude oil marketing, and financial trading.

Mr. Kurz currently serves on the boards of WPX Energy Inc. and SemGroup Corporation. He previously served as a board member of the American Petroleum Institute, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Natural Gas Supply Association, Western Gas Partners LP, and Siluria Technologies.

Mr. Kurz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
Jeffrey N. Edwards
Jeffrey N. Edwards
Director
Jeffrey N. Edwards Jeffrey N. Edwards was appointed as an independent member of American Water’s board of directors on March 1, 2018.

Mr. Edwards currently serves as a partner and chief operating officer at investment advisor New Vernon Capital. Prior to New Vernon Capital, Edwards capped a 22-year career at Merrill Lynch & Co. as vice chairman, and, prior to that, chief financial officer. His previous positions at Merrill Lynch include Head of Origination, Americas, Head of Global Capital Markets and CoHead of Global Equities. He began his career at Chase Manhattan Bank as a credit auditor.

In addition to American Water, Mr. Edwards also serves on the board of directors of Raymond James Financial, Inc. and Medusind, Inc., and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Pingry School. He previously served on the policy and finance committees of the board of directors of NASDAQ.

Mr. Edwards holds a bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Physics from Haverford College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Martha Clark Goss
Martha Clark Goss
Director
Martha Clark Goss Martha Clark Goss began her tenure as a member of American Water’s Board of Directors on October 22, 2003.

Ms. Goss currently serves as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Amwell Holdings/Hopewell Holdings LLC, a holding company making investments in the health insurance space. She previously served as chief financial officer for The Capital Markets Company, a provider of e-based solutions to the global financial services and capital markets industry, and chief financial officer of Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc., a management consulting firm. Ms. Goss also held various senior executive positions with Prudential Insurance Company of America and Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A.

In addition to American Water, Ms. Goss also serves on several company boards, including Channel Reinsurance Ltd., where she also serves as Chair, the board of the Neuberger Berman Mutual Fund Complex, and Allianz Life of New York. She previously served on the Boards of Claire’s Stores, Inc., Foster Wheeler Ltd., Dexter Corporation, the Metropolitan Regional Board of The Chase Manhattan Bank, IBJ Whitehall Business Credit Corporation and the boards of various subsidiaries of The Prudential Insurance Company of America. She is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, enterprise risk management and audit committee topics for the Conference Board and other organizations.

Ms. Goss is a Trustee Emerita of Brown University and Past President and a Board member of the Financial Women's Association of New York. In addition, she was selected as co-honoree with Lady Margaret Thatcher for Brown University's Independent Man Award, was invited to participate as one of the 326 delegates to President Clinton's Economic Summit in 1992, is a member of the Committee of 200 and TIGER 21 and a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of Brown University.

Ms. Goss has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and received her MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Veronica M. Hagen
Veronica M. Hagen
Director
Veronica M. Hagen Veronica M. Hagen joined American Water’s Board of Directors on February 25, 2016.

From April 2007 through August 2013, Ms. Hagen was the Chief Executive Officer of Polymer Group, Inc. (now known as AVINTIV Specialty Materials Inc.), a global manufacturer of specialty materials. From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Hagen was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Fine Paper North America, a division of a South African-based pulp and paper company. From 1998 to 2004, Ms. Hagen served in various executive positions with Alcoa, Inc., including as Vice President and Chief Customer Officer and President, Alcoa Engineered Products.

Ms. Hagen served on the board of directors of Polymer Group, Inc. and as the chair of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee from August 2013 until October 2015. She also has served on the board of Southern Company since 2008 and as its Lead Director since 2014, and also serves on its Compensation and Management Succession Committee and its Nuclear/Operations Committee. Since 2005, she also has served on the board of directors of Newmont Mining Corporation, a gold producer, and currently serves as chair of its Leadership Development and Compensation Committee and its Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. In June 2018, Ms. Hagen joined the board of Stericycle, Inc., a U.S.-based business-to-business services company.
Julia L. Johnson
Julia L. Johnson
Director
Julia L. Johnson Julia L. Johnson joined American Water's Board of Directors on August 1, 2008.

Ms. Johnson is president of NetCommunications, L.L.C., a strategy consulting firm specializing in the communications, energy, and information technology public policy arenas. Prior to founding NetCommunications, Ms. Johnson was senior vice president of policy and strategic communications for MILCOM Technologies, Inc., a military technology commercialization company.

Prior to her work at MILCOM, Ms. Johnson served on the Florida Public Service Commission for two consecutive terms from 1992-1999. In that capacity, she served as the chief regulator of Florida's $16 billion water and wastewater, electric, gas and communications industries. She served as chairperson from 1997-1999.

Ms. Johnson served as the state chair of the Federal/State Joint Board on Universal Service, which provided regulatory policy recommendations to the Federal Communications Commission on the deployment of communications infrastructure and universal service support mechanisms, bringing internet access to schools and libraries across the nation. Ms. Johnson also chaired Florida's Information Service Technology Development Task Force, which advised Florida's governor and legislature on information technology policy and related legislative issues.

Ms. Johnson also serves on the Board of Directors of Allegheny Energy, Inc., a utility holding company, which, through its subsidiaries, engages in power generation operations, as well as natural gas distribution and transmission, MasTec, Inc., a provider of telecommunications and energy infrastructure construction and Northwestern Corporation, a provider of electricity and natural gas.

Ms. Johnson holds a Juris Doctorate and a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Florida.
George F. MacKenzie Jr.
George F. MacKenzie Jr.
Director
George F. MacKenzie Jr. George MacKenzie has been a valued member of the American Water Board of Directors since August 2003. He previously served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board from May 2006 until May 2018.

Mr. MacKenzie also previously served as interim president and CEO of American Water until the appointment of Donald L. Correll, which took effect April 17, 2006.

In addition to his role with American Water, Mr. MacKenzie is a director on the board of Tractor Supply Company and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Medical Center of Delaware.

George MacKenzie previously served as vice chairman of the Board and chief financial officer of Hercules Incorporated, a global manufacturer of chemical specialties whose 5,000 employees generated sales of approximately $2 billion in fiscal 2005. During his 22-year career with Hercules he served in a variety of senior management roles including president of the Chemical Specialty Division.
James G. Stavridis
James G. Stavridis
Director
James G. Stavridis

Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Ret.) was appointed as an independent member of American Water’s board of directors on March 1, 2018.

Mr. Stavridis currently serves as the Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Chairman of the U.S. Naval Institute Board of Directors.

Mr. Stavridis, a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, has more than 30 years of service in the U.S. Navy, including serving as commander of U.S. Southern Command, Commander of European Command and as Supreme Allied Commander, NATO, and rose to the rank of 4-star admiral.

In addition to American Water, Mr. Stavridis serves on the board of directors of the Neuberger Berman Mutual Funds and NFP Corp., a privately held insurance brokerage firm.

Mr. Stavridis earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and a Ph.D. in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is also a distinguished graduate of both the National and Naval War Colleges. He holds various decorations and awards, including two awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and five awards of the Legion of Merit.

Susan N. Story
Susan N. Story
Director
Susan N. Story

Susan Story is President and Chief Executive Officer of American Water Works, Inc. (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility. Story leads a team of 6,900 dedicated professionals who provide service to more than 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada.

American Water has regulated water utility operations in 16 states, and the company's market-based businesses include Military Services providing water and wastewater services on 14 military bases across the U.S.; and Homeowner Services providing 3 million warranty contracts across the country. Subsidiary Keystone Clearwater Solutions is the largest provider of sustainable water services to the Marcellus and Utica formations in the Appalachian Basin.

The company has an industry-leading water R&D and environmental function with 20 scientists who have been involved in more than 90 research projects partnering with governmental agencies as well as national and international companies and research foundations.

The company is a member of the S&P 500, the Dow Jones Utility Average (DJUA), the Philadelphia Utilities Index (UTY), and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).

Story has served as CEO of American Water since May 2014, and served as Chief Financial Officer for one year before assuming the CEO role. Prior to her move to AWK in 2013, she spent 31 years at Southern Company (NYSE: SO), serving as Chief Executive Officer, Southern Company Services, Inc.; President and Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Power Company, Inc. from 2003-2010; and Executive Vice President, Southern Company Engineering and Construction Services, 2001-2003. She began her utility career as a nuclear power plant engineer.

She serves as the independent lead director for Raymond James Financial, Inc. where she has been a director since 2008, and on the board of directors of Dominion Resources, Inc. Story also serves on the board of the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute Board of Advisors.

Officers

Susan N. Story
Susan N. Story
President and Chief Executive Officer
Susan N. Story

Susan Story is President and Chief Executive Officer of American Water Works, Inc. (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility. Story leads a team of 6,900 dedicated professionals who provide service to more than 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada.

American Water has regulated water utility operations in 16 states, and the company's market-based businesses include Military Services providing water and wastewater services on 14 military bases across the U.S.; and Homeowner Services providing 3 million warranty contracts across the country. Subsidiary Keystone Clearwater Solutions is the largest provider of sustainable water services to the Marcellus and Utica formations in the Appalachian Basin.

The company has an industry-leading water R&D and environmental function with 20 scientists who have been involved in more than 90 research projects partnering with governmental agencies as well as national and international companies and research foundations.

The company is a member of the S&P 500, the Dow Jones Utility Average (DJUA), the Philadelphia Utilities Index (UTY), and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).

Story has served as CEO of American Water since May 2014, and served as Chief Financial Officer for one year before assuming the CEO role. Prior to her move to AWK in 2013, she spent 31 years at Southern Company (NYSE: SO), serving as Chief Executive Officer, Southern Company Services, Inc.; President and Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Power Company, Inc. from 2003-2010; and Executive Vice President, Southern Company Engineering and Construction Services, 2001-2003. She began her utility career as a nuclear power plant engineer.

She serves as the independent lead director for Raymond James Financial, Inc. where she has been a director since 2008, and on the board of directors of Dominion Resources, Inc. Story also serves on the board of the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute Board of Advisors.

Linda G. Sullivan
Linda G. Sullivan
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Linda G. Sullivan Linda G. Sullivan is executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. In this role, Ms. Sullivan leads American Water’s Finance and Operational Services teams. She has responsibility for all aspects of financial management and strategy, including directing finance strategy, investor relations, treasury, financial planning, accounting, internal audit, risk management, and control functions. As leader of Operational Services, she also oversees Supply Chain, Information Technology, Environmental Stewardship, Security and Facilities.

Prior to joining American Water in April 2014, Ms. Sullivan completed 22 years of progressive leadership roles at the Edison International companies. Beginning in 2009, Sullivan served as senior vice president and CFO of Southern California Edison, one of the nation's largest electric utilities and a subsidiary of Edison International, where she led all aspects of finance including strategy, planning, treasury, accounting, risk management, and control functions, as well as operational services, including supply chain functions, transportation services and facilities management. Prior to becoming CFO, Ms. Sullivan was vice president and controller of both Edison International and Southern California Edison for five years. Ms. Sullivan also held a variety of financial leadership roles at a number of Edison International's competitive businesses, including retail subsidiaries providing home security, energy efficiency, and operations and maintenance services; and a research and development start-up focused on distributed generation, smart grid technologies, solar rooftop installations and electric vehicle charging stations. From 1991 to 1996, she performed finance and accounting functions at the corporate level and within an operating business unit at the utility.

Before starting her career at Edison International, Ms. Sullivan was a senior auditor with Arthur Andersen, LLP, for three years.

Ms. Sullivan has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1991 (inactive) and a Certified Management Accountant since 1995. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University. Ms. Sullivan is on the Board of University of Maryland University College Ventures and NorthWestern Corporation.
Walter J. Lynch
Walter J. Lynch
Chief Operating Officer, American Water
Walter J. Lynch Walter Lynch is executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. He has more than 20 years of experience in both the regulated and market based water and wastewater industry. In his current role which he has held since 2008, Mr. Lynch is responsible for the successful performance of American Water’s 16 regulated states, serving approximately 10 million people in more than 1,600 communities, and for leading customer service across the company’s footprint including two national customer service centers, as well as health and safety and system wide engineering. In 2016, Mr. Lynch expanded his role and assumed additional responsibility for operational and safety best practices across American Water’s market-based businesses.

Mr. Lynch previously served as executive vice president of a multi-state division; as president of New Jersey American Water and New York American Water; and as a group president of the company’s market-based businesses. He joined American Water in 2001.

Mr. Lynch previously served as president of the National Association of Water Companies, and has served for several years on the board of directors and on its executive committee. He also serves on the Water Research Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Mr. Lynch attended executive education programs at Oxford University in England and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and completed the Advanced Management Program at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he holds a bachelor’s in general engineering and attained the rank of Captain before his departure from the U.S. Army in 1990.
Michael A. Sgro
Michael A. Sgro
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Michael A. Sgro Michael A. Sgro is executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. In this role, Mr. Sgro serves as American Water’s chief legal officer, providing oversight, guidance and direction regarding corporate governance and board matters, as well as providing legal advice and overseeing the legal team responsible for all aspects of legal affairs for the company.

Prior to being named to this position in February 2015, Mr. Sgro was general counsel of American Water’s Northeast Division, and was also serving as American Water’s interim general counsel since early January 2015.

Mr. Sgro joined American Water in 1993 as secretary and corporate counsel of New Jersey American Water, eventually becoming the Northeast Division’s general counsel, which includes American Water’s New Jersey and New York subsidiaries. In this role, he was responsible for all legal matters, including acquisitions and other business development opportunities, real estate and regulatory matters, various contract and commercial matters, and corporate governance. Mr. Sgro also recently led New Jersey American Water’s government affairs efforts.

Before joining American Water, Mr. Sgro was an Associate with Dechert (Philadelphia and Princeton offices) on the firm’s Business Team. Prior to graduating from law school and joining Dechert, he held various business positions with CertainTeed Corporation, a building materials manufacturer located in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Sgro received his law degree from Temple University School of Law in 1989 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Saint Joseph University in 1980.

Mr. Sgro is a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce and Treasurer of the National Association of Water Companies New Jersey Chapter. He is also a member of the American Corporate Counsel Association and the bar associations of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Radhakrishnan Swaminathan
Radhakrishnan Swaminathan
Executive Vice President of Customer, Strategy and Technology
Radhakrishnan Swaminathan

Radha Swaminathan is executive vice president of Customer, Strategy and Technology for American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. In this role, Swaminathan is responsible for the leading the company’s technology and innovation efforts, which are helping to support the business’ efforts in achieving growth and operational efficiency.

Prior to joining American Water, Swaminathan served as vice president and chief technology officer at WIPRO Technologies, a global information technology, consulting and business process services company headquartered in Bangalore, India, where he had leadership responsibility for future industry blueprints, customer and technology co-innovation, product and services development and strategic alliances.

Prior to that, Swaminathan was the director, smart grid technologies for Florida Power & Light and NextEra Energy, Inc., where he spearheaded the business and technology efforts for Florida’s largest investor-owned electric utility, including the development and deployment of “smart grid” technology, establishing FP&L as a leader in this area. During his 12 years at Florida Power and Light, Swaminathan was awarded multiple patents in areas covering AMI, creating customer profiles based on their history of service, and methods for predicting customer satisfaction.

Swaminathan earned a Master of Science and a Master of Philosophy in Mathematics from the University of Madras in India.

Brian James Chin
Brian James Chin
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, PLANNING AND STRATEGY INTEGRATION
Brian James Chin Brian Chin is senior vice president of Planning and Strategy Integration for American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. In this role, he leads the company's financial planning in the areas of reporting, revenue analytics and acquisitions.

Chin has approximately two decades of experience covering the utilities and power markets, regulatory frameworks and environmental policy. Prior to American Water, Chin served as the lead utility analyst for Bank of America (BofA) Merrill Lynch Global Research. In that role, he focused on utilities (including water), infrastructure, power generation and renewables. He has deep experience in financial modeling, valuation and risk assessments.

Prior to his role at BofA Merrill Lynch, Chin was at Citigroup for 12 years, during which he was the global head of Electric Utilities Research. He is a recognized national expert in the utility sector and is extensively published on future trends affecting utilities. Chin was also a Certified Public Accountant at KPMG.

Chin received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and his undergraduate degree in business from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Melanie M. Kennedy
Melanie M. Kennedy
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Melanie M. Kennedy Melanie Kennedy is senior vice president of Human Resources (HR) for American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. In this role, Kennedy is responsible for all human resources functions, including compensation and benefits; employee and labor relations; recruitment and retention; organizational effectiveness; training and development; HR information systems; performance management; and succession planning.

Kennedy has more than 10 years of broad HR experience and has been with American Water since 2007. She first joined the company as an employment and labor counsel and then went on to lead HR for New Jersey and New York. Most recently, she served as the vice president of Human Resources for employee and labor relations across the country. Prior to joining American Water, Kennedy spent nine years as an Attorney.

Kennedy holds a JD from Rutgers University School of Law, N.J., and a bachelor’s degree from University of Rhode Island.
Loyd “Aldie” Warnock
Loyd “Aldie” Warnock
Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Business Development
Loyd “Aldie” Warnock Loyd “Aldie” Warnock is senior vice president of External Affairs and Business Development at American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. In this position, Mr. Warnock is responsible for corporate external affairs, including legislative and regulatory policy, strategic water policy as well as corporate communications functions and business development efforts. He also works closely with other key stakeholders to advance the mission and growth of American Water and is a member of the company's executive leadership team.

Mr. Warnock most recently served as senior vice president of External Affairs, Communications and Public Policy before expanding his role to his current position. Prior to joining American Water in 2014, Mr. Warnock served 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, Mr. Warnock directed 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.

Other previous experience includes serving as vice president of External Affairs for Allegheny Energy, senior vice president of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs at Mirant Corporation and vice president of Regulatory Affairs at Reliant Energy.

Mr. Warnock currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Water Companies and on its Executive Committee. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration and management from Mississippi State University.
Maureen Duffy
Maureen Duffy
Vice President, Communications and Federal Affairs
Maureen Duffy Maureen Duffy is the vice president of Communications and Federal Affairs for American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. In this role, Ms. Duffy is responsible for federal relationship building as well as positioning American Water for industry leadership.

Ms. Duffy recently served as the vice president of Corporate Communications and External Affairs before expanding her role to her current position. Prior to that, she served as the director of Corporate Communications and External Affairs, where she led internal and external communications, as well as corporate responsibility. She also served as the director of External Communications and led all aspects of American Water's external communication efforts, including national media relations. She acts as a key partner in increasing American Water's visibility and promoting its reputation. She also works closely with all other functions and operations across the business to align and integrate company messaging, as well as further position American Water as an industry leader on both a national and local scale.

Ms. Duffy is a results oriented team leader with more than 15 years of experience in the communications field. She has served as director of Internal Communications for American Water. In this position, Ms. Duffy realigned American Water's internal communications team and drove its strategic direction thus ensuring consistent communications with all internal audiences. Ms. Duffy also served in the communications function for New Jersey American Water and Long Island American Water, where she was responsible for internal and external communications, as well as government affairs.

Ms. Duffy serves as the communications lead for the Health Transformation Alliance and as a communications committee member for the National Association of Water Companies and the Value of Water campaign.

Prior to working for American Water, Ms. Duffy reported and produced news for WNJN/WNET-TV, with audiences in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia. She also anchored the weekend updates for the station. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she received a bachelor's in communications.
Bradley A. Okoniewski
Bradley A. Okoniewski
Vice President, Safety and Environmental Leadership
Bradley A. Okoniewski Brad Okoniewski is vice president of Safety and Environmental Leadership for American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. In this role, Okoniewski is responsible for the leading the efforts of the company’s safety and environmental leadership, which are two critical areas of American Water’s performance.

Prior to joining American Water, Okoniewski served as global environmental, occupational health and safety (EOH&S) director for Campbell Soup, based in Camden, N.J., where he had corporate leadership responsibility for development and implementation of the EOH&S strategy and activities for Campbell’s worldwide operations.

He held similar leadership roles at Carpenter Technology in Reading, Pa.; and at Cabot Corporation in Limerick, Pa., where he was responsible for driving environmental, health and safety performance improvement across all businesses and functions. He began his career with Occidental Chemical Corporation in process engineering and later environmental engineering roles of increasing responsibility.

Okoniewski has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Houston.
Edward D. Vallejo
Edward D. Vallejo
Vice President, Investor Relations
Edward D. Vallejo Edward D. Vallejo is vice president of Investor Relations for American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.

Mr. Vallejo, who has extensive experience in corporate finance, capital markets and investment banking, most recently served as the vice president of Financial Strategy, Planning and Decision Support for American Water. He was hired as vice president of Investor Relations in April 2006 to create a comprehensive investor relations program in preparation of the company’s initial public offering in April 2008. Prior to rejoining American Water, Mr. Vallejo served as the chief financial officer of Thames Water Chile, where he was responsible for all aspects of financial strategies, processes and operations.

From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Vallejo held various positions of increasing responsibility with American Water, including vice president of Mergers & Acquisitions and Treasurer. He began his career in the utilities sector in 1994 as an investment banker for PaineWebber, covering electric, gas and water companies, completing numerous equity, debt and M&A transactions.

Mr. Vallejo holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from New York Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from New York University.
Melissa K. Wikle
Melissa K. Wikle
Vice President and Controller
Melissa K. Wikle Melissa K. Wikle is vice president and controller at American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. In this role, Ms. Wikle leads the company’s corporate accounting, external financial reporting, Securities and Exchange Commission compliance, tax, payroll and accounts payable functions.

Ms. Wikle has deep experience in both market-based and utility industries. She has almost 30 years of finance and accounting experience, most recently as corporate controller and chief accounting officer at Columbus McKinnon Corp., a public company and a global manufacturer. Previously, she was the vice president of SEC reporting at MetLife, one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the U.S.

Ms. Wikle has a wealth of utility experience as well. She worked for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for more than 10 years, holding a variety of financial and accounting positions including director of regulatory relations. She also served as director of corporate accounting at Pacific Gas & Electric, where she led the department responsible for external reporting, technical accounting research and operational accounting. Prior to that, she was with Northwest Natural Gas in Portland, Ore.

Early in her career, Ms. Wikle was an auditor with Deloitte. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama. She is a certified public accountant and certified internal auditor.

Jeffrey M. Taylor
Jeffrey M. Taylor
Chief SEC & Corporate Governance Counsel and Assistant Secretary
Jeffrey M. Taylor Jeffrey M. Taylor is the chief SEC & corporate governance counsel and assistant secretary of American Water, the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. In this role, Mr. Taylor is responsible for all aspects of American Water’s securities and corporate law compliance, including the preparation of SEC filings and other public disclosures; corporate governance matters; overseeing legal compliance for debt and equity financings and loan transactions; legal compliance with respect to executive compensation and employee benefits matters; compliance with New York Stock Exchange requirements; and general corporate law and day-to-day business matters. Mr. Taylor also serves as a counselor and legal advisor to various constituencies and functional units within American Water, including the board of directors, accounting, treasury, corporate communications, human resources, business development, and investor relations.

Prior to joining American Water in June 2015, Mr. Taylor was an associate general counsel and assistant secretary at Pepco Holdings, Inc., one of the largest energy delivery companies in the mid-Atlantic region. Prior to joining Pepco Holdings, Mr. Taylor was a partner in the Public Companies and Capital Formation practice group in the Philadelphia office of international law firm Blank Rome LLP, and devoted over 17 years in private practice to the representation of domestic and foreign clients in a wide array of industries in securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and capital raising, corporate governance, executive compensation and business and corporate law matters.

Mr. Taylor received his law degree, with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1995 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Northwestern University in 1992.

Mr. Taylor is Immediate Past President and a member of the advisory committee of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Corporate Governance, and serves as Treasurer of the Society. He also served as Vice/Co-Chair of the Securities Regulation Committee of the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association from May 2009 to July 2011. Mr. Taylor is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel, and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania, and as in-house counsel in New Jersey.