Press Release

NAWC Announces Board of Directors Members and New Chair

For immediate release:

PHILADELPHIA – December 21, 2020 — The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) has elected Rob MacLean Board of Directors Chair for the coming year.

Rob MacLean joined Sugar Land, TX-based SouthWest Water Company in 2018 as President and CEO after holding various executive positions with American Water. His career has spanned more than 20 years in the water industry, and he has served as a volunteer leader for various regional and national organizations. SouthWest Water owns and operates regulated water and wastewater systems in five states. More than 600,000 people depend on SouthWest Water for high-quality, reliable service.

“We welcome Rob’s guidance and straightforward manner as our member companies continue to navigate the pandemic and ensure the modernization and maintenance of water infrastructure proceeds apace,” said Robert F. Powelson, NAWC President & CEO. “We take great pride in our sector’s performance during such radically challenging times and know that Rob will provide encouragement and thoughtful focus as we continue our critical work.”

MacLean is co-Board chair of the National Utilities Diversity Council, a national nonprofit organization focusing on the growth of diversity in the utilities industry. A licensed professional engineer, he earned his master’s degree in applied science in civil engineering from Polytechnique University in Montreal and his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from McGill University. He also attended the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

MacLean is assuming the role from outgoing Chair Andrew Gere, President & Chief Operating Officer of San Jose Water.

“We thank Andy for his outstanding leadership during an extremely difficult year when the water sector was thrust onto the frontlines as companies worked to maintain public health during the pandemic,” continued Powelson. “Andy’s steadfast engagement and support was critical as we worked with regulators and public officials to ensure our members were positioned well to keep the flow of clean and safe water whenever it was needed.”

NAWC also welcomes two new members to its 2021 Board of Directors:

  • Sherlock “Shockey” Gillet, Jr., President & Chairman, Peoples Water Service, a closely held company formed in 1929. Shockey joined the 91-year old company in 1989.
  • Catherine Heigel, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corix Infrastructure Inc. (Corix), is responsible for the company’s regulated and unregulated water, wastewater and energy utilities in the United States and Canada.

(from left to right: Rob MacLean, Shockey Gillet, Jr., and Catherine Heigel)

2021 NAWC Board of Directors:

  • Rob MacLean, SouthWest Water, Chair
  • Nicholle Taylor, Artesian Water Company, Vice Chair
  • Andrew Gere, San Jose Water Company, Immediate Past Chair
  • Maureen Duffy, American Water
  • Christopher Franklin, Essential Utilities
  • Sherlock “Shockey” Gillet, Jr., Peoples Water Service
  • Joe Gysel, EPCOR USA
  • JT Hand, The York Water Company
  • Catherine Heigel, Corix Infrastructure
  • Patrick Kerr, Baton Rouge Water Company
  • Jay Kooper, Middlesex Water Company
  • Martin Kropelnicki, California Water Service Group
  • Nadine Leslie, SUEZ North America
  • Walter Lynch, American Water
  • Steve Meininger, Jacobs
  • Donald Morrissey, Aquarion Water Company
  • Robert Nicholson, San Gabriel Valley Water Company
  • Keith Oldewurtel, Veolia
  • Robert Sprowls, American States Water Company

About NAWC

National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) member companies safeguard public health and promote environmental stewardship as they serve the water and wastewater needs of nearly 73 million Americans every day. NAWC members have an exceptional record of compliance with federal and state health and environmental regulations. Ensuring this high standard of quality requires extraordinary amounts of capital investment. The 10 largest NAWC member companies collectively invest nearly $3.7 billion annually to ensure their water infrastructure is well maintained and that safe and clean drinking water is available whenever needed. Learn more about NAWC and the companies we proudly represent at or follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.