Aqua America (Aqua) today announced two directors from regulated operations have been promoted to vice president roles. Jim Barbato has been named vice president of corporate engineering and Joe Thurwanger has been appointed Aqua Pennsylvania’s vice president of planning and engineering. These promotions follow Senior Vice President of Engineering and Environmental Affairs Bill Ross’ retirement last month after a 20-year career with the company.
Barbato has worked with Aqua for 10 years in roles including regional engineer for Aqua New Jersey, and jointly as interim director of operations for Aqua Virginia. He has managed engineering activities for Aqua Virginia, prepared state facility plans and capital budgets for several state companies and delivered major capital projects for Aqua New Jersey and Aqua North Carolina.
Thurwanger, a 27-year veteran of Aqua, has a broad range of experience in water and wastewater planning, concept development, facility engineering, construction management and hydraulic analysis.
“Jim and Joe have amassed an incredible level of project management experience in their respective areas and have proven that they are ready for the next step in their Aqua careers,” said Aqua America’s Chief Operating Officer, Rick Fox.