American Water CIO honored as information technology leader

VOORHEES, NJ, Dec. 3, 2009 -- American Water Works Company announced that vice president and chief information officer Emily Ashworth was honored with the 2009 SIM Leadership Award...

VOORHEES, NJ, Dec. 3, 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 honored with the 2009 SIM Leadership Award. The award, presented by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), was given to Ashworth during a gala dinner on December 2 in Philadelphia.

The SIM Leadership Award is presented annually to an information technology leader in the region who has demonstrated outstanding technology achievements in business innovation, leadership and value. Previous winners have included Chris Duffy, CIO of Peirce College (2008); William H. Morgan, former CIO of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (2007); and Autumn R. Bayles, senior vice president of strategic operations and technology, Tasty Baking Company (2006).

The 2009 SIM Leadership Award was presented to Ashworth in part for her leadership in establishing My H2O Online, a new self-service website for residential customers across American Water's 20 state subsidiaries, which introduced a completely new complement of technology infrastructure to the company.

About SIM
Established in 1968, the Society for Information Management is a not-for-profit professional association comprised of Information Technology leaders including CIO's, CTO's, Directors and other key professionals within the technology community. With over 3,000 members and 31 chapters throughout the US and Canada, SIM is the premier society for IT executives focused on networking, leadership, and education. The Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Society for Information Management is a "by-invitation" federation of Senior IT managers and practitioners experienced in both information systems and general management. SIM members represent a range of organizations, including business, consulting, and academic in and around the Delaware Valley. The Philadelphia Area Chapter of SIM is a chartered chapter and is closely affiliated with SIM international.

About American Water
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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