American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly-traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced that Susan Hardwick, executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a CFO of the Year honoree. The award honors those executives who exemplify the professionalism, integrity, resilience, mastery of all the financial and people skills that make a great CFO.
“I want to congratulate Susan on this well-deserved recognition,” said Walter Lynch, president and CEO, American Water. “Susan has made her mark on our company and throughout the utility industry, not just through her proven financial expertise and experience, but through her strategic thinking, broad business expertise and leadership capabilities. She upholds our company strategies and values and successfully drives toward outstanding service for our customers and communities as well as our investment community.”
In her current role, Hardwick leads American Water’s financial management and strategy, including directing finance strategy, investor relations, treasury, financial planning, accounting, internal audit, risk management, supply chain, customer service, regulatory services and control functions.
Prior to American Water, Hardwick served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Vectren Corporation, prior to the sale to CenterPoint Energy Company. She has served in leadership positions on a variety of community boards including St. Mary’s Medical Center; Fifth Third Bank (Southern Indiana); the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science; Gilda’s Club of Evansville, and the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, among many others over the course of her career.
Hardwick has also held numerous leadership and committee roles with the American Gas Association and the Edison Electric Institute, is a CPA and holds an accounting degree from Indiana University.
The Philadelphia Business Journal CFO of the Year Honorees were selected by the Business Journal editorial team from a slate of nominees. Several criteria were used for the selection, including: financial accomplishments, tenure and scope of responsibilities, leadership, respect and influence within the company, community involvement and stewardship of the company’s business model.
Winners will be celebrated at a virtual awards program on Thursday, July 30th, you can register for the event here.
About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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