American Water CIO honored with professional achievement award

VOORHEES, NJ, Nov. 16, 2009 -- American Water Works Company vice president and chief information officer Emily Ashworth was selected as a recipient of the University of Central Florida's Professional Achievement Awards...

VOORHEES, NJ, Nov. 16, 2009 -- American Water Works Company Inc., the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced today that vice president and chief information officer Emily Ashworth was selected as a recipient of the University of Central Florida's Professional Achievement Awards. Ashworth, along with other distinguished alumni, was honored in a ceremony in Orlando, Fla. on November 12, 2009.

Ashworth, who received the award for the Burnett Honors College, holds a bachelor's degree in both industrial engineering and liberal studies from the University of Central Florida. She also has a master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee, where she was included in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.

In her role as vice president and chief information officer of American Water, Ashworth is responsible for developing and implementing information technology services (ITS) strategies across the business nationwide. Leading the ITS management team, Ms. Ashworth provides direction for implementing business solutions that integrate the latest technologies to deliver reliable technical performance and savings, ensuring goal alignment with business objectives and managing a high performance ITS infrastructure.

The University of Central Florida is a metropolitan research university that ranks as the third largest in the nation with more than 53,000 students. For more information visit http://news.ucf.edu.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in 32 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

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