American Water announces three major executive position changes
American Water has announced that effective Jan. 1, 2015, it will name Edward Vallejo as new VP of Financial Strategy, Planning and Decision Support; Karla Teasley as new VP of Customer Service; and Bruce Hauk as new president of Illinois American Water.
VOORHEES, NJ, Dec. 22, 2014 -- Last week, American Water (AW), the nation's largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, announced that effective Jan. 1, 2015, it will name Edward Vallejo, current vice president (VP) of Investor Relations, as new VP of Financial Strategy, Planning and Decision Support; Karla Teasley, current president of Illinois AW, as new VP of Customer Service; and Bruce Hauk, current director of Financial Analysis and Decision Support, as new president of Illinois AW.
Vallejo will continue in his Investor Relations role as the company looks to fill the VP of Investor Relations position. A current search is underway. Prior to his current role, he 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, Vallejo held various positions of increasing responsibility with AW, including VP 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.
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.
Teasley, who has served as president of Illinois AW since 2007, will now lead the company's integrated customer service center with locations in Alton, Ill., and Pensacola, Fla. The center serves AW's regulated water and wastewater utilities in 16 states by providing call handling, billing and collections activities, as well as assistance and management of projects of both local and company-wide scope. With Teasley's promotion, AW has named Bruce Hauk its new president of Illinois AW, also effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Prior to joining AW as president of its Illinois operations, Teasley was the VP of Louisville Water Co. in Kentucky, where she was responsible for all customer contact functions, as well as business development, capital budget and infrastructure planning, and pipeline design and construction. In addition, she served as VP and general counsel of Florida Water Services (Southern States Utilities, Inc.), providing in-house legal services supporting regulatory affairs and business development activities.
Teasley earned her law degree from University of Minnesota Law School and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
Hauk currently serves as the director of Financial Analysis and Decision Support for AW. Before his current role, he served as VP of Operations for Indiana AW, where he oversaw all operations within Indiana AW's service districts. His responsibilities included leading operations at all of Indiana AW's treatment and distribution facilities, as well as the company's employees in Indiana.
Hauk previously worked for Indiana AW from 1996 to 2002 as a supervisor at the Johnson County Operations and as a superintendent for the Noblesville district. He also served as director of public works, town manager and deputy mayor/chief administrative officer for the City of Westfield, Ind.
Hauk holds a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He also earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in the disciplines of chemistry and life sciences from Indiana State University.
About American Water
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.