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Louisville Water CEO Greg Heitzman to step down May 1

Board of Water Works begins search for new leadership

Greg Heitzman

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2012) — Greg Heitzman has announced he will step down as president and CEO on May 1 after 30 years of service to Louisville Water Co. He will assume the full-time executive director’s role at the Metropolitan Sewer District at the request of Mayor Greg Fischer.

Heitzman has served as the interim executive director of MSD since December 2011 while continuing to serve as president of Louisville Water. Heitzman plans to lead MSD for up to two years to continue overseeing the rebuilding of MSD and lead the efforts in developing Fischer’s vision for a “One Water” entity that would potentially consolidate MSD and Louisville Water.

The Board of Water Works, the governing entity for Louisville Water, will immediately begin the search for a new president and CEO. The company has a well-established succession planning process and expects to name a new president by May 1.

“Greg Heitzman exemplifies the quality and the leadership that defines this company,” said Marita Willis, Board of Water Works chair and vice president at PNC Bank. “His vision has helped Louisville Water become a national model for water quality, service and innovation. Our community is fortunate to have him as a leader.”

Heitzman has spent his entire professional career with Louisville Water, joining the company in 1982 as a project engineer. He became president in August 2007.

“Public health and community service are really in my DNA,” Heitzman said. “Louisville Water has such a rich history of excellence and I’m honored to have spent 30 years with a company that is such a lifeline to the community. I appreciate the confidence Mayor Fischer has placed in me and look forward to the next chapter in my water career.”

Heitzman has a MBA from the University of Louisville, and earned bachelor and masters’ degrees from the University of Kentucky in civil engineering. He is involved in numerous charitable and civic organizations, and serves as the chair of the 2013 Fund for the Arts campaign and as secretary for the Better Business Bureau board.