Robert Burton, the former senior director of operations for Pennsylvania American Water, has been named president of West Virginia American Water, corporate officials announced on Monday.
At Pennsylvania American Water, Burton was in charge of providing water and wastewater services to more than 865,000 people in central and eastern Pennsylvania. There, he oversaw operations at more than 50 water plants and 10 wastewater systems serving 200 municipalities.
“I look forward to the leadership he will bring to West Virginia American Water, based on his demonstrated success in financial and utility management, employee engagement, customer relations and continuous improvement in both regulated utility and contract operations,” said Jeffrey McIntyre, senior vice president of American Water’s Mid-Atlantic Division.
Burton’s 22 years of utility management experience includes serving as director of military services for American Water Enterprises, where he oversaw water operations at 11 military bases, after managing water services at Fort Meade, Maryland, and Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Burton replaces Brian Bruce, who replaced McIntyre as president of West Virginia American Water two years ago, but recently left the company.
West Virginia American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the state’s largest investor-owned water utility, providing water service to about 530,000 West Virginians.