Four years after joining Tennessee American Water Co., and being promoted to manage human resource operations for American Water in seven states, Valoria Armstrong has been named president of Tennessee American Water Co., effective next Wednesday.
She replaces Deron Allen, who was named president of Indiana American Water, an affiliate of Tennessee American Water.
In her new role, Armstrong will be the principal executive for Chattanooga's biggest water utility. A former Food Lion manager and president of the Chattanooga chapter of the NAACP, Armstrong joined Tennessee American in 2011 and most recently worked for the utility's parent company, American Water, in St. Louis.
"American Water is very pleased to have Valoria return to her home state to lead our operations there," Walter Lynch, president and chief operating officer of American Water's regulated operations, said in a statement. "She will build on the great work that Deron has done and I know her commitment to delivering excellent customer service along with her passion to build community relationships will make her a great fit for the Volunteer State."
In her new role, she will oversee the 103 employees of Tennessee American Water, which supplies water to more than 374,000 people in Tennessee and northern Georgia and generates more than $40 million a year in revenues.
Allen, who came to Tennessee American in March 2011 from Indiana American Water in Greenwood, Ind., will return to Indiana to head that utility.
Armstrong has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and is pursuing her Masters of Science in human resource development at Villanova University.
She was the first woman and youngest president elected to lead the local chapter of NAACP from 2005 to 2012. She also has served as chairwoman of the Chattanooga chapter of the American Cancer Society, and has been actively involved in the Chattanooga chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellors' Diversity Advisory Council, and the Volkswagen Diversity Council. She also serves on the board of the Orange Grove Center in Hamilton County.
Tennessee American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the largest investor-owned water utility in Tennessee.