SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) today announced that its board of directors has appointed Bruce A. Hauk as chief corporate development & strategy officer, effective August 22, 2022. Bruce will be responsible for business development and strategic planning. In this role, he will lead the company’s acquisition and growth initiatives, building on SJW’s strong record of acquisitions, with over 60 percent customer growth and more than doubling of utility plant in the past five years.
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Bruce A. Hauk appointed as chief corporate development and strategy officer for SJW Group. (Photo: Business Wire)
Eric W. Thornburg, chair, president and CEO of SJW Group, stated, “Bruce is a seasoned executive with substantial experience in the water and wastewater industry, most recently serving as President of NextEra Water. He has led teams and driven results in all areas of water utilities - from strategy planning and execution, administration, budget and forecasting, project management, regulatory, customer service and operations. His leadership style aligns with our company’s values and he will be a welcome addition to our executive leadership team.” Bruce has built strong working relationships with regulators and local officials in his tenure and the utilities in which he served were recognized repeatedly by JD Powers for high levels of residential customer satisfaction.
Prior to joining NextEra, Bruce served in several roles of increasing responsibility at American Water for more than 16 years, lastly serving as President of Regulated Operations and Military Services Group and then as Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Additionally, Bruce has significant experience in municipal government, having served as Deputy Mayor/Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Westfield, and as Town Manager/Director of Public Works for the Town of Westfield, Indiana.
Bruce’s expertise and strong record in acquisitions and business development will build on SJW Group’s successful growth strategy, as it has expanded its footprint and transformed into a multi-state water and wastewater company, with operations in California, Connecticut, Maine and Texas. Through organic growth and acquisitions, the customer base in Texas has more than tripled since SJW Group entered that state in 2007.
The Company will rely on Bruce to continue the company’s focus in this important and strategic area following Andrew Walters’ recent move to the role of Chief Financial Officer in January 2022.
Bruce was the recipient of the 2019 Inclusion & Diversity Award presented by the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Also, while President of Illinois American Water, his company won the 2018 Outstanding Corporate Leadership Award from the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce.
Bruce has a BS in Chemistry & Life Sciences from Indiana State University, a Master of Public Administration from Indiana University-Purdue University, and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is a licensed operator in water and wastewater treatment.
About SJW Group
SJW Group is among the largest investor-owned pure-play water and wastewater utilities in the United States, providing life-sustaining and high-quality water service to about 1.5 million people. SJW Group’s locally led and operated water utilities - San Jose Water Company in California, The Connecticut Water Company in Connecticut, The 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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