American Water Board of Directors Appoints Susan Hardwick as Interim CEO due to Hospitalization of Walter Lynch
CAMDEN, N.J. – American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly-traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced today its Board of Directors appointed Susan Hardwick, American Water’s executive vice president and CFO as Interim CEO. The announcement occurred as Walter Lynch, president and CEO of American Water has been hospitalized and is now recovering from an injury. This action, part of our business continuity plan, permits Walter to focus on his full recovery and allows the business to operate without interruption during this time.
“Our primary concern is the well-being of Walter as he focuses on his health,” said Karl Kurz, chairman of American Water’s Board of Directors. “The company has executed its business continuity plan and I, along with the Board, have full confidence in Susan Hardwick and American Water’s management team as the company continues to provide essential services to its customers across the U.S.”
“Planning for these types of situations is why a company like American Water has a business continuity plan and is prepared to execute that plan. This action will permit Walter to focus on his full recovery and allow the business to operate without interruption during that time,” added Kurz.
The company will communicate updates as appropriate.
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About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.