Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation's largest publicly traded water and
wastewater utility company, today announced Ed Vallejo, vice president
of Investor Relations, has been selected to receive a 2012
Minority Business Leader Award. Established by the Philadelphia
Business Journal, the awards honor Greater Philadelphia area minorities
in business who have made a significant contribution to the community.
Vallejo and fellow honorees will be recognized on August 9 at an
awards ceremony and in a print supplement in the August 10 issue of the
Philadelphia Business Journal.
As vice president of Investor
Relations, Vallejo is responsible for developing investor relations
strategies and serving as American Water's liaison with the financial
analyst and investor communities. He has held his current position since
2006, when he rejoined American Water as the company was beginning to
prepare for its initial public offering (IPO) in 2008, when American
Water officially became public once again. In 2009, he led the Investor
Relations team through completing the divestiture, making American Water
100 percent publicly traded on the NYSE.
Prior to his current position, Vallejo served as the chief financial
officer of Thames Water Chile, where he was responsible for all aspects
of financial strategies, processes and operations. He has also held
previous positions at American Water, including vice president of
Mergers & Acquisitions as well as treasurer. He started his career in
the Utilities Sector as an investment banker covering electric, gas and
Despite the demands of his professional work, Vallejo has always made it
a point to serve his community and has a special interest in projects
that focus on helping communities that share his ethnic background. He
was instrumental in supporting a start-up Spanish Christian church in
Union City, N.J. and also supports a Christian bookstore "Hossana" in
the same town. Additionally, while working in Chile, he was very active
with Habitat for Humanity, traveling to less fortunate Chilean towns and
helping to lay water distribution mains so the residents could have
access to water service. This year, Vallejo sent his son, Robert, 18, to
deliver supplies to an orphanage in Ecuador.
Vallejo is a member of the board of directors of Indiana Utility
Shareholders Association, whose mission is to establish a grass roots
program of information and education between shareholders and policy
makers at the state and national level.
In 2011, Vallejo was named to the All-America Executive Team, Best IR
Professionals by Institutional Investor magazine. He holds a bachelor's
degree in economics from New York Institute of Technology and a master's
degree in business administration from New York University. Vallejo
lives in Medford, N.J., and he and his wife, Alisen, have three children.
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S.
water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees,
N.J., the company employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals
who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an
estimated 15 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada.
More information can be found at www.amwater.com.
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