Middlesex Water names new chief financial officer

Iselin-based Middlesex Water Co. on Tuesday said it named Mohammed G. “Rally” Zerhouni as its new senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, effective June 24. Zerhouni succeeds Bruce O’Connor, who will retire June 21 after 34 years of service.

“I and the rest of the Middlesex board of directors are thrilled to have Mohammed G. ‘Rally’ Zerhouni join our company. His breadth of knowledge and experience will play a key role in helping to address the numerous opportunities and challenges facing our company and our industry,” Nadine Leslie, Middlesex Water CEO and president, said. “A very comprehensive and thoughtful recruiting process was in place to ensure we identified a financial leader to further the company’s mission to provide operational and financial excellence.”

With over 20 years of experience, Zerhouni was most recently the senior vice president of finance and principal accounting officer of SJW Group, where he led a team of more than 55 professionals in key accounting and finance areas. Prior to joining SJW Group, he was the chief financial officer for Veolia North America’s regulated utility business, where he led the development and execution of the finance transformation roadmap. Prior to joining Veolia, he led audit engagement teams at PwC, which included engagements with large investor-owned utilities. Zerhouni was also an adjunct faculty at Franklin University, teaching accounting courses.

“I am honored to be appointed to lead the finance organization of Middlesex Water Co. I’m very excited to work with this talented team to continue delivering reliable and affordable water services to our communities while navigating the evolving regulatory landscape and ensuring long-term financial sustainability,” Zerhouni said.