Industry veteran Leslie named CEO of Middlesex Water

Highly regarded Nadine Leslie, a veteran of numerous top jobs in the water and environmental sector, has been named the new CEO of Middlesex Water Co., the company announced this week.

Leslie, who succeeds the retiring Dennis Doll, will begin the role March 1.

Leslie has a long list of domestic and international experience in the water industry. She previously served as CEO of SUEZ North America from 2019-22, when she was responsible for overseeing one of North America’s leading environmental companies, with revenues over $1.1 billion, providing water and recycling and recovery services to 6.6 million people in the U.S. and Canada.

She has more than 25 years of industry experience in operations, management, compliance, client relations and due diligence.

Leslie said she’s eager for the opportunity.

“I am thrilled to join the Middlesex Water Co. team and grateful for the trust and confidence placed in me by the Middlesex board of directors,” she said. “I am confident, with the support of our talented team and board members, we will navigate challenges, capitalize on opportunities and create additional value for our customers and shareholders. Congratulations to Dennis on his successful tenure and I look forward to working with him during the transition period.”

Doll will remain chairman of the Middlesex board of directors through the expiration of his current term at the annual meeting of shareholders May 21. Doll has also entered into a consulting agreement with the company to aid in a seamless transfer of leadership. The consulting agreement is effective commensurate with Doll’s retirement and expires May 21.

Doll applauded the hiring of Leslie.

“I and the rest of the Middlesex board of directors are thrilled to have Nadine join our company,” he said. “Her breadth of knowledge and experience brings a fresh perspective to the numerous opportunities and challenges facing our company and our industry.

“The search committee of our board of directors led a very comprehensive and thoughtful recruiting process to ensure we could identify a leader to further the company’s mission to provide operational and financial excellence.”