American Water, a publicly traded water and waste-water utility company, has named Michael Sgro general counsel and secretary, effective as of Feb. 18.

Sgro, who has been with American Water for the past 22 years, most recently served as general counsel of its Northeast Division, and has also been serving as American Water’s interim general counsel since early January.

Sgro joined American Water in 1993 as secretary and corporate counsel of New Jersey American Water, eventually becoming the Northeast Division’s general counsel, which includes American Water’s New Jersey and New York subsidiaries. In this role, he was responsible for all legal matters, including acquisitions and other business development opportunities, real estate and regulatory matters, various contract and commercial matters, and corporate governance. Sgro also led New Jersey American’s government affairs efforts for the past six months.

Prior to joining American Water, Sgro was an associate with Dechert. He also held various business positions with building material supplier CertainTeed.