US Water names current VP as its new CEO

US Water names current VP as its new CEO

7:20 AM, 20th January 2017
LaMarr Barnes
LaMarr Barnes is named as the new CEO of US Water Services Inc.

ST MICHAEL, US: US Water Services Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Allete Inc has named current senior executive vice president of marketing and strategy, LaMarr Barnes as its new chief executive officer (CEO).

Barnes replaces former CEO Allan Bly, who resigned his position after a 20-year career with the company.

Barnes has more than 25 years of experience in industrial water treatment and technology management. Hired in 2010 as VP of marketing, Barnes assumed added responsibilities as VP of marketing and business development before being named senior executive VP of marketing and strategy in 2015. Barnes is recognised as an expert in plant operations and integrated water treatment program applications.

“I sincerely thank Al Bly for his service to US Water as one of the company’s co-founders and leading our organization as CEO, and wish him the best in his new endeavours,” said Barnes.

“I look forward to assuming the role of CEO and working with our talented employees on continuing customer service excellence and enhancements to our innovative products and services. Our initial focus will be on ensuring an effective transition and maintaining U.S. Water’s growth in an expanding market,” added Barnes.

Bob Adams, incoming Allete chief financial officer and chief risk officer, echoed Barnes’ thanks to Bly, and said he is confident in Barnes’ leadership and knowledge of US Water’s culture and customers.

“We foresee a seamless transition as LaMarr and the U.S. Water leadership team continues to seek growth opportunities by providing sustainable solutions for customers. Allete believes the demand for sustainable water management solutions will increase as large users seek ways to enhance efficiency and improve their bottom line,” concluded Adams.

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