N.J. Utilities Association names new president

The New Jersey Utilities Association, the statewide organization for investor-owned utilities, has named a new president, it announced Monday.

The association, which includes water, wastewater, electric, natural and gas and telecommunications utilities, said Thomas R. Churchelow will succeed Andrew Hendry, who served as its CEO and president for more than six years.

“We are pleased to have Tom at the helm of NJUA as the association continues its important work on behalf of New Jersey’s investor-owned utilities,” Jim Fakult, chairman of NJUA’s board of directors and president of Jersey Central Power & Light, said in a prepared statement. “Tom’s years of experience and insight into utility law and policy, understanding of NJUA member companies, and reputation amongst decision-makers in New Jersey as a known resource on utilities issues will be especially important as the industry addresses new challenges and opportunities in all sectors.”

Churchelow has been the NJUA’s director of government and public affairs since 2013, providing legal and policy analysis and developing and implementing legislative, regulatory and other strategies. He also has worked for the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services and is a member of the New Jersey state bar.