American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced recently that Brian Bruce has been appointed as President of New York American Water, the largest investor-owned water utility in the state. Reporting to Northeast Division Senior Vice President William Varley, Bruce is responsible for all aspects of the business, including customer, regulatory and local government relationships and operational and financial performance, and is the principal external contact for American Water in New York. As president of New York American Water, Bruce leads operations that provide high-quality and reliable water services to more than 350,000 people in Long Island and in upstate New York.
Prior to his promotion, Bruce was New York American Water’s first vice president of operations, where he oversaw the operations of the company’s customer service, production, water quality, environmental management, transmission and distribution, risk management and maintenance departments. Bruce came to New York American Water from California American Water, where he held a variety of roles of progressing responsibility within the company.
“Brian brings with him an extensive and practical knowledge of the water industry,” said Walter Lynch, president and chief operating officer of Regulated Operations. “His experience and high energy level make him a good fit for our New York operations.”
Prior to joining American Water in 2005, Bruce worked for the City of Papillion, Neb., first as water department superintendent, obtaining his State Grade 1 Operators License, and later as Assistant Public Works Director. He also has experience as a water system operator in Wisconsin, where he earned state licensure in Supply Operations – Surface and Ground Water.
A veteran of the United States Navy, Bruce earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Silver Lake College in Wisconsin and an associate’s degree in water and wastewater technology from Bay De Noc Community College in Michigan. A member of the New York Section of American Water Works Association, he currently serves as Board Secretary for the Long Island Water Conference, and as Chairman of the National Association of Water Companies’ New York Chapter.
About American Water
New York American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the largest investor-owned water company in New York, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 350,000 people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. For more information, visit www.amwater.com.