California Water Service Group Announces Election of Carol M. Pottenger to Board of Directors

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- California Water Service Group (NYSE:CWT) today announced the election of Carol M. Pottenger, 62, to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective September 27, 2017.

The first female three-star Admiral in American history to lead in a combat branch, Pottenger served for 36 years in the U.S. Navy.  One of the first women to serve at sea, she eventually commanded two ships, a logistic force of 30 ships, a Japan-based strike-group of eight ships, and the Navy’s Expeditionary Force of 40,000 sailors.  Her final assignment was with NATO, as the senior U.S. Flag Officer responsible for military transformation and sensitive military topics such as counterterrorism and cyber security. 

In her current capacity as principal and owner of CMP Global LLC, Pottenger provides consulting services in business development, process improvement, corporate governance, strategic planning, and cyber and information systems.

“Carol has been a pioneer throughout her career, and she brings a wealth of expertise to the team.  Her experience is unique, running the gamut from operations to technology to risk management, and she will be a great asset to our Board,” said Chairman Peter C. Nelson. 

Pottenger is a graduate of Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana.  In 2007, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Purdue.  She serves on various private, defense, and non-profit boards, including the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. and as an external board member for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Board of Partners and Principals.  

“We are fortunate to add someone of Carol’s caliber to our Board of Directors.  Asset risk management, emergency response planning, and cyber security are invaluable skills that are rapidly becoming more critical to utility operations.  Carol’s experience and background will help us/deal with these issues.  She is an extraordinary individual whose career has been truly impressive. I look forward to having her on our team,” 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, Hawaii Water Service, CWS Utility Services, and HWS Utility Services, LLC. 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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