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Missouri American Water Names Debbie Dewey as Its New President


Cheryl Norton to lead American Water’s Eastern Division

Missouri American Water announced today it has named Debbie Dewey its new president, effective March 25, 2019. Dewey replaces Cheryl Norton, who has been named senior vice president of American Water’s Eastern Division and president of New Jersey American Water.

“We are so pleased to see both Cheryl and Debbie take on new expanded roles at American Water,” said American Water’s chief operating officer, Walter Lynch. “We thank Cheryl for her leadership in Missouri and are excited for Debbie to join the Missouri team. Debbie has been a great asset to Indiana and Michigan American Water. With her more than 30 years of leadership experience, she will bring her knowledge and deep commitment to our customers, employees and the communities we serve to Missouri.”

Dewey is currently the president of Indiana American Water, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. She is also president of Michigan American Water, which serves approximately 12,000 people. In these roles, Dewey reinforces and strengthens customer, regulatory and local government relationships, drives operational results and is the principal external contact for American Water in Indiana and Michigan.

Dewey also served as the vice president of Operations for Indiana American Water, where she led operations across the state prior to her recent position.

Essential to truly understanding our customers and communities, before joining Indiana American Water, Dewey served in several key positions in utility, economic development, industrial and small-business sectors. She was president of the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, which created attraction, retention and incubation projects that led to more than 3,200 jobs in Indiana. She also served as president of Western Kentucky Energy/Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E), where she led 500 employees as the company transitioned from a nonprofit rural electric cooperative to an unregulated generation subsidiary of an investor-owned corporation.

Additionally, Dewey was a small-business owner who owned and managed a company that installed municipal water system infrastructure and has provided independent consulting services in the areas of power generation, strategic planning and cost optimization.

She started her career at Westinghouse Electric Corp., where she was involved in strategic planning and field technology services. She also served as manufacturing and product general manager at General Electric Corp., where she led more than 1,100 employees.

Dewey has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida.

Missouri American Water

Missouri American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.5 million people.

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 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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