Aqua America Celebrated as Champion of Board Diversity by the Forum of Executive Women
The water and wastewater utility was recognized as a public company
with 25 percent or more women on their board of directors
BRYN MAWR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE: WTR) was celebrated as a Champion of Board
Diversity at the 2016 Leadership Breakfast for the Forum of Executive
Women on October 27, 2016. Aqua and 18 other Philadelphia-area public
companies were recognized at the breakfast and in the Forum's annual
report for having 25 percent of women on their respective Board of
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Aqua America board member Carolyn Burke (Photo: Business Wire)
"It was a tremendous honor to be acknowledged by the Forum of Executive
Women," said Aqua America President and CEO Christopher Franklin.
"Aqua's customer base is very diverse, and I strongly believe that the
more we can reflect that diversity within our company, the better able
we are to serve our customers and bring different ideas and points of
view to our business. I look forward to continuing to diversify and
expand women's roles throughout the company from the top down."
Aqua is featured in the Forum of Executive Women's Women on Boards
2016 report, which highlights female leaders in Philadelphia-area
corporations, universities and healthcare systems.
"As a member of the Forum of Executive Women, I was happy to see Aqua
honored as a Champion of Board Diversity," said Aqua America Chief
Administrative Officer Susan Haindl. "While there is still much work to
do, it is rewarding to see the growth of female leadership in the
Greater Philadelphia area and I am thankful to be a part of a company
that sees the value in diverse opinions."
Women on Boards 2016 reports that in 2015 women filled one-third
of the 60 board openings in the Philadelphia region's top 100 public
companies. The report also notes that Philadelphia-area companies with
at least 25 percent female leadership on their boards increased from 14
percent in 2014 to 19 percent last year. Aqua is one of the publically
traded companies assisting in this five percent bump.
The Forum of Executive Women is a membership organization of 450 women
of significant influence across the Greater Philadelphia region. The
Forum's membership is comprised of individuals holding the senior-most
positions in the corporations, not-for-profit organizations and public
sector entities that drive our regional economy and community.
Aqua America is one of the largest U.S.-based, publicly traded water
utilities and serves nearly 3 million people in Pennsylvania, Ohio,
North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana and Virginia. Aqua
America is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol
WTR. Visit AquaAmerica.com
for more information, or follow Aqua on Facebook at facebook.com/MyAquaAmerica
and on Twitter at @MyAquaAmerica.
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