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American States Water Co (AWR.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Anne Holloway

66 2019 Independent Chairman of the Board

Robert Sprowls

61 2009 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Eva Tang

63 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President - Finance, Corporate Secretary, Treasurer

James Cotton

45 2014 Senior Vice President and Procurement Officer of American States Utility Services, Inc.

Gladys Farrow

55 2008 Vice President - Finance, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary of Golden State Water Company

William Gedney

64 2015 Vice President - Environmental Quality of Golden State Water Company

Granville Hodges

59 2007 Vice President - Operations of American States Utility Services, Inc.

Denise Kruger

55 2008 Senior Vice President - Regulated Utilities of Golden State Water Company

Paul Rowley

54 2016 Vice President - Water Operations of Golden State Water Company

Bryan Switzer

62 2004 Vice President - Regulatory Affairs of Golden State Water Company

Gabriel Willis

39 2018 Vice President – Strategic Business Development of American States Utility Services, Inc.

James Anderson

75 1997 Independent Director

Sarah Anderson

69 2012 Independent Director

Diana Bonta

68 2007 Independent Director

John Fielder

73 2013 Independent Director

Mary Hopkins

54 2019 Independent Director

James McNulty

76 2010 Independent Director

Janice Wilkins

74 2011 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Anne Holloway

Ms. Anne M. Holloway is Independent Vice Chairman of the Board of the Company. Ms. Holloway is retired. She was a partner at Navigant Consulting, Inc., a provider of financial and strategic consulting services to Fortune 500 companies, governments and governmental agencies from 1999 to 2000. She served as President of Resolution Credit Services Corp., a subsidiary of Xerox Financial Services, from 1992 to 1999 where she was responsible for, among other things, the successful resolution of financial guarantees on troubled tax-exempt bonds, the restructuring of debt and negotiation with the Resolution Trust Corporation. She also served as Chief Operating Officer of International Insurance Company, another company in the Resolution Group, where she was responsible for operations, human resources and technology. Prior to joining the Resolution Group, Ms. Holloway held various management positions with Shawmut National Corporation, a financial services company. Ms. Holloway holds a BA degree from Newton College of the Sacred Heart and an MBA from Boston University. She has completed the Harvard Business School Executive Management program. In December 2018, she completed the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University. Ms. Holloway served as the chair of the Board of Trustees of Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, California from 2008 to 2012. After she completed her chair role, she continued to support the school on the site management and development committees until 2013. She currently serves on the board of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and is a supporter of the Bing Center for the Arts at Stanford University and Good Tidings, an organization that designs, builds and funds sports and arts facilities for youth in need in Northern California.

Robert Sprowls

Mr. Robert J. Sprowls is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Sprowls is the sole management member of the board of directors. As President and Chief Executive Officer of the company since 2009 and Chief Financial Officer for four years prior to that, Mr. Sprowls has an intimate knowledge of the company and its operations and personnel. He has also been in a leadership role in the water industry having served as President and a member of the executive committee of the National Association of Water Companies, a non-profit organization representing private water companies. He has more than 30 years of experience in business strategy, operations management, corporate finance and business problem-solving for regulated utilities, utility holding companies and highly competitive, non-regulated utility affiliates. Mr. Sprowls is the President and Chief Executive Officer of American States Water Company and holds similar titles and responsibilities for the company’s subsidiaries, Golden State Water Company, or GSWC, and American States Utility Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries, or ASUS. He holds a BA degree in economics and business administration from Knox College in Illinois and a master’s degree in business administration from Bradley University, also in Illinois. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive) and a Certified Management Accountant.

Eva Tang

Ms. Eva G. Tang is a Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President - Finance, Corporate Secretary, Treasurer of the Company. She was Treasurer and Assistant Secretary for all other subsidiaries of American States Water Company from October 2002 to November 2008.

James Cotton

Mr. James C. Cotton, III is a Senior Vice President and Procurement Officer of American States Utility Services, Inc., a subsidiary Company of the Company. He is Senior Vice President and Procurement Officer of American States Utility Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries; Vice President - Contracts of American States Utility Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries from November 2012 to December 2014; Director of Contracts of American States Utility Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries from June 2008 to November 2012.

Gladys Farrow

Ms. Gladys M. Farrow is Vice President - Finance, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary of Golden State Water Company, a subsidiary Company of the Company. She was Treasurer and Assistant Secretary for the other subsidiaries of American States Water Company; Controller of Golden State Water Company from March 2003 to November 2008.

William Gedney

Mr. William C. Gedney is a Vice President - Environmental Quality of Golden State Water Company, a subsidiary Company of the Company. He was Vice President of Water Quality of Golden State Water Company from January 2004 to October 2007.

Granville Hodges

Denise Kruger

Ms. Denise L. Kruger is a Senior Vice President - Regulated Utilities of Golden State Water Company, a subsidiary Company of the Company. She is also the Senior Vice President–Operations of Golden State Water Company from January 2004 to January 2008.

Paul Rowley

Mr. Paul J. Rowley is a Vice President - Water Operations of Golden State Water Company, a subsidiary Company of the Company. He is Director of Procurement Services of Golden State Water Company from November 2014; District Manager of Golden State Water Company from March 2007 to November 2014.

Bryan Switzer

Mr. Bryan Keith Switzer is a Vice President - Regulatory Affairs of Golden State Water Company, a subsidiary Company of the Company.

Gabriel Willis

Gabriel Willis is Vice President – Strategic Business Development of American States Utility Services, Inc. Director of Strategic Business Development of American States Utility Services, Inc. from January 2016 to July 2018; Manager of Proposal Development of American States Utility Services, Inc. from March 2012 to December 2015.

James Anderson

Mr. James L. Anderson is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Anderson brings strong leadership and management skills to the board developed through his extensive experience as an executive in the insurance industry. His business acumen and operational experience have also enabled him to provide valuable insights to the board and the committees on which he serves. Mr. Anderson is retired. He was a Senior Vice President of Americo Life, Inc., a privately held life insurance and annuity holding company, from 2003 until his retirement on June 1, 2018. He was also a Senior Vice President of several subsidiaries of Americo Life, Inc. engaged in the marketing and underwriting of life and annuity insurance products from 2003 until his retirement on June 1, 2018. On June 1, 2018, he began serving on the board of Americo Life, Inc. and several of its subsidiaries. Prior to 2003, he was President of Americo Financial Services, a third-party administrator and marketer of retirement plans, life insurance and annuities in the education industry and to seniors. He also served for ten years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Fremont Life Insurance Company prior to its acquisition by Americo Life, Inc. in 1996. Mr. Anderson has a BS degree in business from Fort Hays Kansas State University.

Sarah Anderson

Ms. Sarah J. Anderson is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Anderson retired from Ernst &Young LLP in 2008 where she served for 24 years, 21 years of which she served as an advisory services partner. She served many clients, both public and private, across various industries, including utilities, government and service industries. Ms. Anderson served in multiple leadership positions at Ernst & Young LLP, including serving as the managing partner of both the company’s Orange County and Riverside offices. Ms. Anderson has a BS degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Northeastern University. She is a licensed California CPA (inactive) and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Ms. Anderson served on the California Board of Accountancy from 2006 until 2013 during which she served on the legislative and professional practice committees. She also served as chair of the Board in 2011. Ms. Anderson has also been a member of the Accountancy Licensee Database Committee and the Uniform Accountancy Act Committee for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Ms. Anderson has served on the board of directors since June 2012 and is the audit committee chair of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Company as well as a member of their nominating and governance committee. She was also a member of their compensation committee through 2016. She previously served on the board of managers of Kaiser Ventures, LLC as the chair of its audit committee from November 2010 until its liquidation in May 2013.

Diana Bonta

Dr. Diana M. Bonta is Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Bontá has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Bontá Group since June 2013. The Bontá Group provides consulting services in healthcare. Previously, Dr. Bontá served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The California Wellness Foundation, a private independent foundation with a mission to improve the health of the people in California, by making grants, providing wellness education and preventing disease. She has also served as the Vice President of Public Affairs of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Southern California Region, where she was responsible for setting the Region’s public policy agenda and providing leadership and oversight of public affairs programs and support for Kaiser Permanente’s external communications and reputation management. Dr. Bontá also served as the first Latina director of the California Department of Health Services. Prior to serving as director of the California Department of Health Services, Dr. Bontá served as director of the Department of Health and Human Services of the City of Long Beach, California. Dr. Bontá holds doctorate and master’s degrees in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has held an appointment as an adjunct professor at UCLA’s School of Public Health since 1999 and is a registered nurse. Dr. Bontá has been a trustee of the Annie E. Casey Foundation since 2008 and the Archstone Foundation since 2009. Dr. Bontá served as the chair of the Archstone Foundation audit committee in 2017 and 2018 and is currently serving as the chair of its board of directors. Dr. Bontá has served as a commissioner of the City of Los Angeles Board of Fire Commissioners as an appointee of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and as a director/trustee of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

John Fielder

Mr. John R. Fielder is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Fielder is retired. He was President of Southern California Edison Company from October 2005 until his retirement on December 31, 2010. As President, he was responsible for operations support, customer service, information technology, environmental affairs, state regulatory and public affairs and employee relations. Prior to his position as President, Mr. Fielder held various leadership positions at the Company, including Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for 14 years and Vice President of Information Services. Mr. Fielder has served on a number of not-for-profit boards during his career. He currently serves on the governing board of Long Beach Memorial Hospital and the hospital’s Foundation board. He is a member of the Memorial Health Services investment committee. Since 2006, he has also served as a member of the board of the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation, which supports a historic property and museum in Long Beach, California, and has served on the finance committee of the Foundation since 2012. He also served a two-year term as chair of the board of the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific in 2011 and 2012 and a term as the chair of the audit committee of the Aquarium in 2013 and 2014. In addition, he has served on the board development committee of Long Beach BLAST, a program to connect college students with youth facing adversity. He has also served on various industry association boards during his career. Mr. Fielder has a BA degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a law degree from Pepperdine School of Law.

Mary Hopkins

Ms. Mary Ann Hopkins is an Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Hopkins has been a Group Executive at Arcadis NV, a global design, engineering and consulting company based in the Netherlands, since 2016. She is a member of the Arcadis Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for overseeing the Arcadis North American and South American regions and the architecture practice of Arcadis. From 2012 until 2016, she was a Group President of Parsons Corporation, an international engineering, construction, technical and management services firm whose customers include the U.S. government. As Group President, she was responsible for worldwide operations of the Federal Unit of Parsons serving the primary markets of infrastructure, environmental, defense, security and intelligence. Prior to her promotion to Group President, she has served in various other executive and management capacities at Parsons since 1989. Ms. Hopkins has been a member of the board of directors and the audit, risk and compliance committee and the finance committee at Blumont since 2016. Blumont delivers shelter, food and non-humanitarian aid to refugees and internally displaced persons impacted by political crisis. Ms. Hopkins has a BS and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Syracuse University and attended the Advanced Management Program at Duke University. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia.

James McNulty

Mr. James F. McNulty is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. McNulty is retired. He is the former chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Parsons Corporation, an international engineering, construction and technical and management services firm whose customers include the U.S. government. He retired from the Corporation in May 2008 but continued to serve on the Board and as Chairman of the Board until November 2008. From 2009 until December 2018, Mr. McNulty served as a director and member of the compensation and nominating and governance committees of ARC Document Solutions, a publicly-traded document management company. From 2013 until December 2018, he also served as the chair of its compensation committee. Mr. McNulty has a BS degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. Prior to February 2017, Mr. McNulty served as a trustee of the Linsly School, his high school alma mater in Wheeling, West Virginia. He is also a past member of the board of directors of the Greater Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the California Science Center, the Los Angeles Sports Council and the board of trustees of Pomona College. He is a former chairman of Town Hall, Los Angeles.

Janice Wilkins

Ms. Janice F. Wilkins is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Wilkins retired as Vice President of Finance and the Director of Internal Audit for Intel Corporation in June 2010 where she was responsible for global internal audit, investigations, and ethics and compliance operations staffs. During her 29-year career with Intel, she held various operational and corporate finance controllership, management and executive positions and managed the human resource organization responsible for U.S. compensation and benefits In 2001, Ms. Wilkins was recognized by Ebony Magazine as one of the top-ranking African American women in corporate America. In 2004, she was named Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year by the Gamma Nu Chapter of Iota Lambda Sorority, with recognition from the U.S. Senator from California, a California State Senator, and the Mayor of San Francisco. Ms. Wilkins holds a BS degree in accounting from Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California. She has been a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and Financial Executives International. She has also been involved in professional organizations such as the Conference Board, the Audit Director Roundtable, the Compliance and Ethics Leadership Council of the Corporate Executive Board, the General Auditors’ Council of Manufacturers’ Alliance and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Ms. Wilkins currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Golden Gate University and is a member of the audit and finance committees. She previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, California, where she chaired the Audit Committee from 2008-2013. In addition, she was a member of the Links, Inc., an organization that promotes and engages in educational, civic and inter-cultural activities to enrich the lives of members of the African-American community.Executive Board and as Treasurer of the Peninsular Bay Chapter of the Links, Inc.