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Author - Emily Ashworth
Emily Ashworth is vice president and chief information officer of American Water. Ms. Ashworth is responsible for developing and implementing information technology services (ITS) strategies and transformation roadmap. Leading the ITS management team, Ms. Ashworth has day to day operational responsibility as well as responsibility for providing the vision for the future. Ms. Ashworth has been instrumental in creating an enterprise architecture discipline, providing the vision to launch a business transformation program and implementing ITIL based processes at American Water. Ms. Ashworth daily provides direction for implementing business solutions that integrate the latest technologies to deliver reliable technical performance and savings, ensuring goal alignment with business objectives and managing a high performance ITS infrastructure.
Ms. Ashworth has extensive experience in enterprise architecture development, business process re-engineering, and software selection, integration and implementation. Prior to joining American Water, Ms. Ashworth was a Partner with Computer Science Corporation’s (CSC) Consulting Group. In her position at CSC, she focused primarily on large-scale transformation programs leveraging technology and on developing and fulfilling the strategic visions of Fortune 500 companies. With CSC, Ms. Ashworth led the first enterprise architecture development effort in the federal government for the IRS Modernization program. She has also managed ERP programs, IT strategy development, change management programs, and many application development and implementation efforts. She has consulted in food service, telecommunications, supply chain, high-tech, heavy manufacturing, construction and the federal government.
Prior to joining CSC, Ms. Ashworth served as a director of Business Process Integration for Pulte Homes, managing business process and system alignment, system design, development and deployment. She has also held positions with Westinghouse Power Generation Corp., SuperVision International and the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Systems Simulation Training Division.
Ms. Ashworth is the recent recipient of several awards. She is a 2010 recipient of the University of Central Florida’s professional achievement award, the winner of the 2009 SIM leadership award for the Philadelphia chapter, and a 2010 Computerworld magazine Premier 100 IT Leader.