American Water announces Jeremy Pelczer
has been appointed president
American Water announced that Jeremy Pelczer has
been appointed President of American Water and to its Board, effective September 1, 2003.
Pelczer is responsible for further developing the team-based, high performance culture of
American Water that delivers results for customers, employees, and stakeholders.
The new President, who also Assumes Role of
Deputy CEO of RWE Thames Water, will maintain full-time office in Voorhees, New Jersey
Jeremy plays a vital role as President of American Water, and he will work with the
entire management team to focus on business performance that drives continuous improvement
and greater success across the water business, stated Bill Alexander, Chairman and
CEO of American Water and CEO of RWE Thames Water. We are pleased to have a leader
with Jeremys energy, expertise and know-how to help guide the future of our business
during this important time. Alexanders responsibilities between January and
August 2003 also included President of American Water, but Pelczer assumed this role while
Alexander stepped down to take on additional duties with RWE.
Additionally, Pelczer will assume the role of Deputy CEO of RWE Thames Water. In that
capacity he will continue to support the drive of the water business to higher standards
of customer service and operational performance. Pelczer will also continue to
direct the divisional Corporate Social Responsibility program, which further strengthens
American Waters ties and commitment to each local community across the United States
where they own or operate a water facility.
In January 2003 American Water joined RWE Thames
Water, the third largest water and wastewater service company in the world. As part of a
restructuring, the Water Division has established two corporate centers. The first
corporate center is located in Voorhees, New Jersey, where Pelczer leads the management
team as they
work to deliver on business priorities for the Americas region and beyond. The other
corporate center is located in Reading, United Kingdom, where RWE Thames Water oversees
Given the proud history of American Water, I feel very privileged to be
President, stated Pelczer. Working together as a unified single team, we will
continue to thrive as a successful business that makes employees proud, is respected by
competitors, and valued by customers while providing localized, high-quality
service to each of the 1,500 communities we operate in.
Pelczer has more than 20 years of strategic acquisition, operations management, finance,
and accounting experience with a variety of defense and utility companies headquartered in
the United Kingdom including Thames Water Plc where he played an integral role in
developing the companys international business. He joined Thames Water Plc as
Financial Controller in 1996, and was appointed Managing Director of International
Operations in 1999.
In this role, Pelczer led the acquisition of the
Elizabethtown Water Company in New Jersey, where he also served as Chairman until 2000. In
2001 Pelczer was promoted to Board level as Chief Operating Officer of Thames Water Plc,
with responsibility for business performance and leading the restructuring of the business
into regions with the goal of getting closer to customers.
Pelczer is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. In
2002 he attended the Advance Management Program at Harvard Business School. Pelczer
graduated in 1979 from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England where he studied
Economics. He began his professional career as an accountant with a private firm and
qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983. Pelczer was born in Yorkshire, United
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