American Water Works Company Inc. (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, has announced that effective April 1, 2013, Susan N. Story will become its chief financial officer. Story is succeeding Ellen Wolf, who announced her retirement in January 2013.
“Susan is one of the energy sector’s most seasoned and respected leaders,” said Tom Fanning, president and CEO of Southern Company. “She has risen to the highest ranks of our company, due to her sharp focus on finance, operations and customer service. At Southern Company, we call these the ‘what’s.’ But equally important are the ‘how’s’ and Susan Story is world class at both. We wish her well.”Story has also served as Southern Company’s executive vice president of Engineering and Construction Services, where she had oversight for budgets and schedules of numerous combined cycle power plants and large environmental retrofit projects. Story began her career at Southern Company as a nuclear power plant engineer and had increasing responsibilities in operations, human resources, customer service, corporate real estate and supply chain. Story is actively involved in community and economic development efforts. She currently serves as the national chair for the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), and is on the boards of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE). While in Florida, she was appointed to the Federal Judiciary Nominating Commission, the Florida Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) advisory council and the Task Force on Healthcare Accessibility and Affordability. Story was a political appointment to the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, required by Florida law. Members are tasked with reviewing the state’s budget and expenditure processes, revenue needs and tax structure of the state. In addition, she was appointed chair of the Finance and Taxation Committee, which had responsibility for assessing the effects and appropriateness of financial structures of the state and its local governments. Story attended executive education programs at Duke University and Oxford University in England, and completed international business studies at Cambridge University and leadership studies at Harvard. She earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She completed additional post-graduate coursework in the Master of Finance program at the University of Alabama focusing on financial derivatives, and at the Birmingham School of Law focusing on torts and contracts.
About American WaterFounded 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 more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com. Click here to subscribe to Mobile Alerts for American Water.