Aqua Virginia President Shannon Becker (Photo: Aqua America)

Aqua America, Inc.’s (NYSE: WTR) Regional President of Regulated Operations Rick Fox today announced the appointment of Shannon Becker as president of Aqua Virginia, Inc. Becker previously was the interim chief operating officer of the Virginia subsidiary.
Aqua Virginia President Shannon Becker (Photo: Aqua America)

Aqua Virginia President Shannon Becker (Photo: Aqua America)

As president, Becker is responsible for the utility’s overall operations including water resources, production, distribution, water and wastewater treatment, quality, maintenance, construction, and customer growth. Aqua Virginia provides water and wastewater service to about 84,000 people in 26 counties throughout Virginia.

“Shannon brings a strong understanding of how operating and financial teams work together to deliver service effectively and efficiently for our customers,” said Fox. “Since taking the helm of Aqua Virginia four months ago, Shannon has done an admirable job of improving the operational reliability of our water and wastewater systems and leading our emergency response to widespread storm-related power outages. His experience, energy and strong management skills will serve him well in his new role.”

Before becoming the interim chief operating officer of Aqua Virginia, Becker had been the controller of Aqua North Carolina, Inc. since he joined the company in 2009. He holds a CPA certification and, in a previous position, led audits of public and private companies for Deloitte & Touche, LLP. In addition to owning and managing a small business before joining Aqua North Carolina, Becker worked for a number of large organizations in management and financial roles including Corning Incorporated, MPower Communications, Inc., and Pulte Homes. Becker graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

Fox also announced the promotion of Tim Castillo to manager of operations for Aqua Virginia. In this new position, Castillo has direct oversight of statewide operations including environmental and safety compliance, cost containment, and continuous improvement of service delivery. Castillo previously was area manager of the utility’s western division, where he managed water and wastewater plants and oversaw distribution for about 39,000 residents.

“Tim brings a wealth of experience in large-scale, well-run organizations to his new job,” said Fox. “And he’ll be in a strong position to share that knowledge and coordinate operational improvements across the state.”

Before joining Aqua Virginia, Castillo was executive director of the Nelson County Service Authority in Lovingston, Virginia, where he managed all aspects of water and wastewater facilities serving five communities in Nelson County. He was previously director of utility services in Bristol, Tennessee.

Castillo was also the treatment plant manager for large water plants, water distribution systems, and sewer plants in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a former president of the Virginia Water and Wastewater Authorities Association and served on the board of directors for the Virginia Rural Water Association. Castillo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Marietta College and a Master of Science degree in environmental health with a concentration in water resource management from East Tennessee State University.

Aqua America, Inc. is a U.S.-based publicly traded water and wastewater utility holding company that serves approximately three million residents in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, and Georgia.

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