American Water names new president for N.J. operation

Voorhees-based American Water has named a new leader for its New Jersey unit, it announced Wednesday.

Deborah Degillio, who had been president of the American Water Enterprises market-based business unit, will become senior vice president of the water and wastewater utility’s Eastern Division and president of New Jersey American Water, effective May 1.

Robert MacLean, who had held those roles, will switch places with Degillio, taking over as president of AWE.

“I want to thank and congratulate Deb and Rob on their new, well-earned roles,” American Water CEO and President Susan Story said in a prepared statement. “These organizational changes represent our commitment to developing leaders at American Water and promoting our internal talent.

“Deb did a great job leading our market-based business, and we are so pleased to bring her leadership and expertise to our New Jersey operations. I am equally pleased to have Rob lead our market-based business, which is where he started his career at American Water.”

Degillio has more than 20 years of experience in the utility and energy sectors. She joined the company in 2007, and had served as vice president and treasurer, among other roles, before becoming AWE president in 2016.

“I also want to thank Rob for leading our Eastern Division and New Jersey American Water, and welcome Deb,” American Water Chief Operating Officer Walter Lynch said in a statement. “She has a strong customer focus and a deep understanding of our regulated business, having started her career at American Water in our state subsidiaries. I know she will be a great fit for our teams in New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Virginia.”

MacLean, who joined American Water in 1999, has served in various executive roles with company subsidiaries, including as director of field operations for New Jersey American Water.