California Water Service Group Chief Executive Officer Peter C. Nelson to Retire and Serve as Board Chairman; Martin A. Kropelnicki Named New Chief Executive Officer and Elected to Board

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/31/13 -- California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT) announced today that effective September 1, 2013, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter C. Nelson will retire as an employee of the company and begin serving as non-executive Chairman of the Board. President and Chief Operating Officer Martin (Marty) A. Kropelnicki will become President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors.

"Pete has done an extraordinary job leading our company for more than 17 years. With his transition to non-executive Chairman of the Board, the company and water industry will continue to benefit from his expertise and experience," said lead director Richard P. Magnuson.

"Marty's promotion to CEO is a result of the company's ongoing succession planning process. His impressive performance, both as Chief Financial Officer and as President and Chief Operating Officer, gives the board great confidence in his ability to lead the company," Magnuson said.

Nelson, 65, was elected President & Chief Executive Officer of California Water Service Group in 1996 and has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since May of 2012. Under his leadership, the company expanded into three new states, more than tripled its utility plant to $1.45 billion, achieved consistently high service marks from customers, and made continuous improvement part of daily operations. Additionally, the company was named one of the top 95 workplaces in the San Francisco Bay Area each of the last two years.

"I have truly enjoyed my career at Cal Water, and I look forward to my new role as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, a group of remarkable professionals I admire and respect. This great company always maintains its focus on providing high-quality water and excellent service. And, it is in good hands. Marty has all that it takes to be outstanding in his new role," Nelson said.

Kropelnicki, 47, joined California Water Service Group as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in March of 2006, and was named President and Chief Operating Officer in October of 2012. The 2009 Bay Area CFO of the Year has over 25 years of experience, including 15 years as CFO at publicly listed companies, and has held executive- and management-level positions at PowerLight Corporation, Hall Kinion & Associates, Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group, and Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Kropelnicki holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master of Arts Degree in Business Economics from San Jose State University, which named him Graduate of the Decade in 2002. He was also named Alumni of the Year in 2005 and 2010 by the university's Department of Economics.

California Water Service Group is the parent company of California Water Service Company, Washington Water Service Company, New Mexico Water Service Company, Hawaii Water Service Company, Inc., CWS Utility Services, and HWS Utility Services. 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."

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