Kari Bennett named Aqua Indiana president
Aqua Indiana has a new president.
Kari Bennett succeeds Thomas M. Bruns, who will retire at the end of the year after 15 years of leadership at the privately owned utility, which serves part of Allen County. Bennett will report to Colleen Arnold, deputy chief operating officer of Aqua America.
“Tom has had a very successful career with Aqua, beginning in 2004 when he first joined as vice president and regional manager for Aqua Indiana’s central and southern regions,” Arnold said in a statement. “He also served as vice president and regional manager for Aqua Illinois’ Vermilion division and Aqua Indiana’s Indianapolis division where he was responsible for utility management, regulatory affairs, and marketing and acquisition efforts in the two state region. He has successfully guided Aqua Indiana as president since 2011. Tom’s significant contributions over the years have made a lasting impact on Aqua and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”
In her new role, Bennett will lead the Indiana team and represent Aqua in state government interactions and in the communities Aqua serves. She will also plan and lead utility acquisition opportunities across the state. Bruns will remain with the company through the end of 2019 to help transition Bennett into her role.
“Kari brings extensive regulated utility experience and an environmental science and legal background that uniquely positions her to lead our water and wastewater business in Indiana,” Arnold stated. “She will be a fundamental asset to Aqua Indiana as we look to continue our growth in the state and execute on our mission to deliver earth’s most essential resource to our customers.”
Prior to joining Aqua, Bennett served as the executive director of customer experience at the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, a not-for-profit, member-based organization that delivers electric power across 15 states and one Canadian province. She also previously served as a commissioner for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, and the general counsel for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Bennett earned her bachelor’s degree from the Miami University of Ohio and a juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota.
Aqua Indiana provides water and wastewater service to more than 75,000 people (1,200 water customers and 25,500 wastewater customers). The company operates 14 utility systems in 14 counties throughout and employs 43 people in Indiana. Aqua Indiana is headquartered in Indianapolis with division offices in Fort Wayne and Valparaiso. Aqua owns and operates 13 wastewater treatment plants and one water treatment plant.
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