Previously served as president from 2004 to 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2015) — Nick Rowe, senior vice president of American Water’s Central Division, has been named president of Kentucky America Water, effective Nov. 11. Rowe previously served as president from 2004 to 2011. Since 2011, he has led American Water’s Central Division, which includes Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee and Indiana. Rowe will replace Cheryl Norton, who was named president of Missouri American Water.
In his various roles within American Water over nearly 30 years, Rowe has been responsible for driving operational and financial performance for multiple states, establishing consistent best practices and enhancing American Water’s efforts to build strong customer, regulatory, governmental and community relationships.
When he last served as president of Kentucky American Water, he was credited with strengthening the company’s external relationships and served as the principal executive for American Water in the state.
“I’m delighted to see Nick return to Kentucky American Water,” said Walter Lynch, president and chief operating officer of American Water’s regulated operations. “He brings a wealth of experience in the water utility industry, a passion for providing operating excellence and customer service, and a strong commitment to community involvement. Nick calls Kentucky home, and I know he is thrilled to be back in the Bluegrass State.”
Rowe first joined American Water in 1987 as a management assistant at West Virginia American Water. He was subsequently promoted into various management positions with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of American Water facilities in multiple states including Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee, New York, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Rowe is involved with various regulatory agencies, civic organizations and professional associations and has served on the executive board of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and as past chair of Commerce Lexington. He also has held board positions with the Lexington Industrial Foundation, the Central Bank Advisory Board and the United Way.
Rowe holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Western Kentucky University and a master’s in business administration from Lebanon Valley College.