California Water Service Group Announces Election of Shelly M. Esque to Board of Directors

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- California Water Service Group (NYSE:CWT) today announced the election of Shelly M. Esque to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective June 27, 2018.

Prior to her retirement in 2016, Esque, 58, served as Vice President and Global Director of Corporate Affairs at Intel Corporation, overseeing professionals in more than 35 countries responsible for enhancing Intel’s reputation as the world’s leading technology brand and corporate citizen.  She also served as both president and chair of the Intel Foundation.

“Given our commitment to excellence in corporate citizenship, Shelly is an excellent fit on our Board.  She is a dynamic leader in her profession, and I know she will be a valuable asset to our team,” said Chairman Peter C. Nelson.

In her capacity as a leader of Intel’s corporate social responsibility, community, education, foundation, and government relations worldwide, Esque represented Intel at numerous events, including the World Economic Forum, World Bank, UNESCO, and forums promoting women in the workplace.

She received the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce 2011 ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award for excellence in business and leadership, exemplary community service, and support and mentorship of other women.  She was also recognized by AZ Business Magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona.  She is active on many non-profit boards, including Basis Charter Schools, Take the Lead, and the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, among others.

“Enhancing relationships with our customers and communities is key to our Company’s continued success, and I look forward to having someone with Shelly’s expertise on our Board,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Martin A. Kropelnicki.

California Water Service Group is the parent company of California Water Service, Washington Water Service, New Mexico Water Service, and Hawaii Water Service. Together these companies provide regulated and non-regulated water service to approximately 2 million people in more than 100 California, Washington, New Mexico, and Hawaii communities. Group's common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CWT." Additional information is available online at

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