California Water Service Group Announces Election of Gregory E. Aliff to Board of Directors

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/30/15 -- California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT) today announced the election of Gregory E. Aliff, 62, to the Company's Board of Directors as an independent director, effective September 30, 2015. Mr. Aliff was also appointed to the Board's Audit Committee.

Aliff, who recently retired as Vice Chairman and Senior Partner of U.S. Energy & Resources at Deloitte LLP, brings to the board 38 years of experience in strategy, governance, regulatory affairs, external reporting, and accounting in the energy and resources industry. In his role as Lead Client Service Partner and Advisory Partner, he provided professional services in accounting and auditing, enterprise risk management, regulatory strategy development and rate case preparation, and acquisition due diligence to numerous major utilities.

"Greg's background and experience complement our well-rounded and highly skilled director team. He is a true professional, and we are fortunate to have him on our board," said Chairman Peter C. Nelson.

From 2012 to 2014, Aliff led Deloitte's Sustainability Services practice, which focused on water and energy management. Prior to that, he led Deloitte's U.S. Energy & Resources practice. He also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Energy Association, and co-authored the annually updated book, "Accounting for Public Utilities." Aliff did not provide services to the Company in his role at Deloitte LLP.

Aliff earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and his Masters of Business Administration from Virginia Tech University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

"Greg's deep understanding of public utility markets will make him a valuable resource to me and the management team. He is a true utility expert, and one of the best in the nation at what he does. He will be a real asset to 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 Company, New Mexico Water Service Company, Hawaii Water Service Company, Inc., 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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