Effective March 1, 2017, Richard Svindland was promoted from California American Water’s (CAW) Vice President of Operations to President, replacing Robert MacLean who will serve as Senior Vice President of American Water’s Eastern Division and President of New Jersey American Water.

With more than 25 years of experience in the water and wastewater industries, Svindland earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky.

In a press release, American Water’s Chief Operating Officer Walter Lynch said, “We are so pleased to promote both Rob and Rich. It is well deserved. I know Rich will take over where Rob left off, ensuring our customers in California and Hawaii receive the best service possible, while continuing to focus on the successful completion of the Monterey Peninsula water supply project. His deep utility experience makes him well-suited for this new role.”

Richard Svindland
Robert MacLean (Photo: Business Wire)

Prior to serving as CAW’s President, MacLean was the Director of Field Operations for New Jersey American Water. He earned his master’s degree in applied science in civil engineering from Polytechnique University in Montreal.

“We are so pleased to bring Rob back to New Jersey,” said Lynch in a press release. “With more than 20 years of experience in the water business, Rob is 100 percent committed to excellent customer service, and I know he will bring that passion to our customers in the Garden State. His past experience working in New Jersey makes him a great fit for this new role.”

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