American Water brings exec out of retirement to replace another retiring leader

American Water Works Co. Inc., the Camden-based water and wastewater utility, has brought back a familiar face to serve as chief growth officer, it announced this week.

William Varley, a former president of New Jersey American Water, had been the parent company’s deputy chief operating officer until his retirement in April 2019. He will return to the company June 1, taking over growth responsibilities from Aldie Warnock, who is retiring.

“First, I want to thank Aldie for all his contributions since joining our company in 2014,” American Water CEO and President Walter Lynch said in a prepared statement. “Aldie worked tirelessly to build and maintain constructive relationships with our public service commissions, as well as work with our state leadership on key legislative and regulatory policy. He will be missed, and we wish him all the best.

“We are also excited to welcome Bill to his new role. Providing safe, clean and reliable water service is critical to the health of our customers and communities, and it is our priority. Bill has a deep understanding of our business and the solutions we can provide communities. He will work hand-in-hand with our state operations and market-based businesses to help us continue to work with communities across the U.S. as they look to address challenges like an aging infrastructure and contaminants that can impact water quality.”

During his previous stint with American Water, Varley also led the Customer Service Organization and served in leadership roles with the Midwest Division and Northeast Division, among other executive posts.