Julie A. Dobson joined American Water's Board of Directors on June 19, 2009.
Ms. Dobson has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. She most recently served as chief operating officer for TeleCorp PCS, Inc. in Arlington, Virginia, where she was responsible for all aspects of operations including the wireless network engineering, construction and operation, sales, marketing, pricing, information technology, human resources and customer service. TeleCorp provided wireless communications services in eight states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, operating under the brand SunCom, until its sale to AT&T wireless in 2002.
Prior to that, Ms. Dobson served in a variety of leadership positions for Bell Atlantic Corporation including president of the New York Region of Bell Atlantic Mobile, vice president of Bell Atlantic Enterprises Corporation, and president and chief executive officer of Bell Atlantic Business Systems International.
Ms. Dobson also serves on the boards of PNM Resources, Inc. (Public Utility of New Mexico), Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. and LCC International, Inc.
Ms. Dobson earned her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor of science from the College of William and Mary.
Paul J. Evanson joined American Water’s Board of Directors on March 21, 2013.
Mr. Evanson served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Allegheny Energy, Inc., a company engaged in the operation of three electric public utility companies and in merchant power generation operations, from 2003 until the company’s merger with FirstEnergy Corp. in February 2011. Following the merger, he served as Executive Vice Chair of FirstEnergy until his retirement in May 2011. Mr. Evanson previously served as President of Florida Power & Light Company, and president of Lynch Corporation. He also held leadership positions with Moore McCormack Resources and Arthur Anderson & Co. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, a non-profit company whose purpose is to ensure and enhance the reliability and adequacy of bulk electricity in Florida. In addition, he served on the board of directors of Edison Electric Institute, an association of shareholder-owned electric companies, and North American Electricity Reliability Council, a group that was formed in 1968 by electric companies to promote the reliability and adequacy of power supplies. Mr. Evanson received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. John’s University, a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School, and Master of Laws degree from New York University School of Law. He also received a Doctor of Commercial Science degree (honorary) from St. John’s University.
Mr. Evanson’s extensive executive experience in the electric industry, including his leadership of a company with both significant regulated and unregulated operations, enables him to provide important insights regarding various aspects of our business, which includes both regulated and unregulated operations. In addition, his success in addressing difficult financial conditions upon assuming leadership at Allegheny Energy underscores his ability to provide valuable perspectives with respect to strategic planning, finance and risk management matters.
Ms. Goss currently serves as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Amwell Holdings/Hopewell Holdings LLC, a holding company making investments in the health insurance space. She previously served as chief financial officer for The Capital Markets Company, a provider of e-based solutions to the global financial services and capital markets industry, and chief financial officer of Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc., a management consulting firm. Ms. Goss also held various senior executive positions with Prudential Insurance Company of America and Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A
In addition to American Water, Ms. Goss serves on the Board of Ocwen Financial Corporation. She also serves on several private company boards, including Channel Reinsurance Ltd., where she also serves as Chair, the board of the Neuberger Berman Mutual Fund Complex, and Allianz Life of New York. She previously served on the Boards of Claire's Stores, Inc., Foster Wheeler Ltd., Dexter Corporation, the Metropolitan Regional Board of The Chase Manhattan Bank, IBJ Whitehall Business Credit Corporation and the boards of various subsidiaries of The Prudential Insurance Company of America. She is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, enterprise risk management and audit committee topics for the Conference Board and other organizations.
Ms. Goss is a Trustee Emerita of Brown University and Past President and a Board member of the Financial Women's Association of New York. In addition, she was selected as co-honoree with Lady Margaret Thatcher for Brown University's Independent Man Award, was invited to participate as one of the 326 delegates to President Clinton's Economic Summit in 1992, is a member of the Committee of 200 and TIGER 21 and a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of Brown University.
Ms. Goss has a bachelor's degree from Brown University and received her MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Richard R. Grigg joined American Water's Board of Directors on August 27, 2008.
Mr. Grigg currently serves as executive vice president of FirstEnergy Corp. and president of FirstEnergy Utilities Group. FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. The Utilities Group he leads features the company's Energy Delivery Group, which includes seven electric utility operating companies in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, along with Customer Service and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Compliance. He first joined FirstEnergy in 2004 as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Prior to joining FirstEnergy, Mr. Grigg had a distinguished, 34-year career at Wisconsin Energy Corporation (WEC), retiring as president and chief executive officer of its subsidiary, WE Generation. He served in a variety of management positions at other WEC subsidiaries, including Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas Company, where he was president and chief operating officer.
Mr. Grigg currently serves on the board of trustees of the Akron Children's Hospital and the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, and is an associate member of The President's Council, Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Grigg is president and on the board of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
A long-time member of the Board of Trustees for the Milwaukee Boys and Girls Club, Mr. Grigg also served as a member of the United Community Center; a member and chair of the Industrial Liaison Council with the Engineering School at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee; a member of the Board of Regents at the Milwaukee School of Engineering; and was a member of the Milwaukee Children's Hospital President's Council. Mr. Grigg is also a former member of the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute and the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation, and a former chair of the Wisconsin Utilities Association Power Generation Committee.
Mr. Grigg earned a Bachelor of Science and master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and is a registered professional engineer in the states of Ohio and Wisconsin. In 1999, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Engineers & Scientists of Milwaukee. In 2004, Mr. Grigg received an Honorary Doctorate in Commercial Science from the University of Wisconsin.
Veronica M. Hagen joined American Water’s Board of Directors on February 25, 2016.
Ms. Hagen is a member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating Committee.
From April 2007 through August 2013, Ms. Hagen was the Chief Executive Officer of Polymer Group, Inc. (now known as AVINTIV Specialty Materials Inc.), a global manufacturer of specialty materials. From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Hagen was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Fine Paper North America, a division of a South African-based pulp and paper company. From 1998 to 2004, Ms. Hagen served in various executive positions with Alcoa, Inc., including as Vice President and Chief Customer Officer and President, Alcoa Engineered Products.
Ms. Hagen served on the board of directors of Polymer Group, Inc. and as the chair of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee from August 2013 until October 2015. She also has served on the board of Southern Company since 2008 and as its Lead Director since 2014, and also serves on its Compensation and Management Succession Committee and its Nuclear/Operations Committee. Since 2005, she also has served on the board of directors of Newmont Mining Corporation, a gold producer, and currently serves as chair of its Leadership Development and Compensation Committee and its Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.
Julia L. Johnson joined American Water's Board of Directors on August 1, 2008.
Ms. Johnson is president of NetCommunications, L.L.C., a strategy consulting firm specializing in the communications, energy, and information technology public policy arenas. Prior to founding NetCommunications, Ms. Johnson was senior vice president of policy and strategic communications for MILCOM Technologies, Inc., a military technology commercialization company.
Prior to her work at MILCOM, Ms. Johnson served on the Florida Public Service Commission for two consecutive terms from 1992-1999. In that capacity, she served as the chief regulator of Florida's $16 billion water and wastewater, electric, gas and communications industries. She served as chairperson from 1997-1999.
Ms. Johnson served as the state chair of the Federal/State Joint Board on Universal Service, which provided regulatory policy recommendations to the Federal Communications Commission on the deployment of communications infrastructure and universal service support mechanisms, bringing internet access to schools and libraries across the nation. Ms. Johnson also chaired Florida's Information Service Technology Development Task Force, which advised Florida's governor and legislature on information technology policy and related legislative issues.
Ms. Johnson also serves on the Board of Directors of Allegheny Energy, Inc., a utility holding company, which, through its subsidiaries, engages in power generation operations, as well as natural gas distribution and transmission, MasTec, Inc., a provider of telecommunications and energy infrastructure construction and Northwestern Corporation, a provider of electricity and natural gas.
Ms. Johnson holds a Juris Doctorate and a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Florida.
Karl F. Kurz was appointed as an independent member of American Water’s board of directors on February 18, 2015.
Mr. Kurz is a former chief operating officer for Anadarko and also held management positions at Vastar Resources and ARCO Oil and Gas. Most recently, Mr. Kurz served as a managing director of CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC, a global private equity firm, from 2009 to 2012.
Prior to CCMP, Mr. Kurz spent nine years with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in the world, last serving as chief operating officer from December 2006 to 2009. He was responsible for overseeing the company’s global exploration and production, marketing, midstream, land, technology and service businesses.
Mr. Kurz also previously served as general manager of midstream and marketing for Vastar Resources, Inc. where he managed the company’s marketing of oil, natural gas liquids, gas and gas processing. He also held management positions at ARCO Oil & Gas Company in several business units including reservoir engineering, production, operations, crude oil marketing, and financial trading.
Mr. Kurz currently serves on the boards of WPX Energy Inc., SemGroup Corporation and Siluria Technologies. He previously served as a board member of the American Petroleum Institute, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Natural Gas Supply Association and Western Gas Partners LP.
Mr. Kurz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.