Robert MacLean, Co-Chair

President, California American Water and Hawaii American Water

Rob MacLean is a utilities executive and trained engineer, whose career has spanned over 20 years in the water industry and who has served as a volunteer leader for business associations and non-profit organizations, both regional and national.

From 1999 to 2018, Rob held numerous executive positions at American Water, with he most recently was President of New Jersey American Water and Senior Vice President of American Water’s Eastern Division, comprising New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and Maryland. As President of New Jersey American Water, Rob led a company that served 2.7 million residents and was the public face as well as driving financial and operational results and strengthening customer, regulatory and local government relationships. Over his time with American Water Rob also was President of California and Hawaii American Water, and held director positions in field operations and contract operations.

MacLean co-chairs the board of the National Utilities Diversity Council, a national nonprofit organization focusing on the growth of diversity in the utilities industry. He also serves on the board of the Health Transformation Alliance, an organization representing close to 40 of the nation’s leading corporations dedicated to providing better health care outcomes for 6 million Americans. While he was leading California American Water, MacLean served on the board of directors of the California Chamber of Commerce, as co-chair of the chamber’s Water Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

MacLean 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 in Montreal. In 2014, he attended the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.