SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Addition of Three Directors from New England bolsters geographic and gender diversity. Women now comprise nearly half of the Company’s board.
SJW Group (SJW) has appointed Carol P. Wallace, Mary Ann Hanley and Heather Hunt to the company’s board of directors effective October 9, 2019. All three women served on the board of Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (CTWS), which recently merged with SJW Group.
“Carol, Mary Ann, and Heather are proven leaders with a wealth of experience,” stated Eric W. Thornburg, Chairman, President and CEO of SJW Group. “As well-respected leaders who each have more than a decade of service on the board of an investor-owned water utility, they will make important contributions to the SJW Board. They bring their expertise in the New England market and history with CTWS as we leverage the strengths of our newly combined companies to better serve our customers and their communities.”
Each board member brings deep expertise, background, skills and dedication to the water service industry. Carol is the retired president and CEO, of the Cooper-Atkins Corporation; Heather is an attorney and executive director of the New England States Committee on Electricity and previously served as director of state and local government affairs at United Technologies; Mary Ann, having worked in state government for over a decade as Legal Counsel to the Governor and Director of the Office for Workforce Competitiveness, is currently the Liaison for Advocacy and Community Relations at Trinity Health Of New England.
Katharine Armstrong, Chairman of the SJW Group Nominating and Governance Committee, said, “We are proud of these exceedingly qualified new directors. The SJW Group board appreciates the value in having gender parity among its independent directors. We look forward to leveraging the strength of their experience and talent in our mission to serve customers, communities and shareholders.”
SJW Group’s board consists of 11 directors.
About SJW Group
SJW Group is the third largest investor-owned pure play water and wastewater utility based on rate base in the United States, providing life-saving and high-quality water service to nearly 1.5 million people. SJW Group's locally led and operated water utilities - San Jose Water Company in California; Connecticut Water Company, Avon Water Company and Heritage Village Water Company in Connecticut; Maine Water Company in Maine; and SJWTX, Inc. (dba Canyon Lake Water Service Company) in Texas - possess the financial strength, operational expertise and technological innovation to safeguard the environment, deliver outstanding service to customers and provide opportunities to employees. SJW Group remains focused on investing in its operations, remaining actively engaged in its local communities and delivering continued sustainable value to its shareholders. For more information about SJW Group, please visit www.sjwgroup.com.
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