Energy & utilities industries well-represented among ROI Influencers: Women in Business honorees

More than a dozen women from across state and various industries were selected

Public Service Electric & Gas President Kim Hanemann always has been clear about one thing: The energy and utility industries will be better with more diversity.

Hanemann certainly is proof of that.

The good news: In New Jersey, diversity is starting to take root.

Hanemann was No. 7 on the ROI Influencers: Women in Business list, a testament to her success during 38 years at the company.

She was joined on the Top 50 list by American Water CEO Susan Hardwick (No. 18) and South Jersey Industries President Melissa Orsen (No. 27) and Board of Public Utilities President Christine Guhl-Sadovy (No. 38).

The better news: Hanemann, Hardwick, Orsen and Guhl-Sadovy were among more than a dozen women in the energy industry who were honored overall.

The others, listed alphabetically, include:

Paulina Banasiak O’Connor
Executive director
N.J. Offshore Wind Alliance

Jenifer Becker
Managing director, wind institute development
N.J. Economic Development Authority

Amy Cradic
Chief operating officer
N.J. Resources

Christina Farrell
Vice president of government & public affairs
N.J. Utilities Association

Janice Fuller
President, mid-Atlantic

Kate Klinger
Governor’s Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy

Christie McMullen
President & chief operating officer
Elizabethtown Gas

Crystal Pruitt
External affairs lead
Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind

Karen Reif
Vice president of renewables & energy solutions
Public Service Electric & Gas

Lauren Thomas
Managing director, transmission and substation construction and maintenance
Public Service Electric & Gas

Maddy Urbish
Head of public affairs, Americas region
Ørsted North America

Denise Venuti Free
Senior director of communications & external affairs
N.J. American Water