Camden-based American Water Works Co. said Monday it named William Varley chief growth officer, effective June 1, 2020, taking over responsibilities from Aldie Warnock, who announced his planned retirement effective Jan. 2, 2021.
“Providing safe, clean and reliable water service is critical to the health of our customers and communities, and it is our priority,” said Walter Lynch, president and chief executive officer of American Water, in a prepared statement. “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,” Lynch added.
Varley is coming out of retirement to return to American Water where he most recently served as its deputy chief operating officer, supporting the development and mentorship of the company’s divisional leads and state presidents, with a focus on growth, regulatory matters and leadership skills. He also led American Water’s Customer Service Organization.
Prior to his deputy chief operating officer role, Varley served as senior vice president of American Water’s Midwest Division, comprised of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Iowa.
Varley also served as president of New Jersey American Water, where he was the principal external contact for American Water in New Jersey. He wass senior vice president of the company’s Northeast division, president of New York American Water, vice president and manager of its predecessor Long Island American Water, as well as vice president of business development for New Jersey and New York.