Officers

American States Water Company Officers

Robert J. Sprowls
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Sprowls has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of American States Water Company since January 2009 and as a board member since May 2009. He was Chief Financial Officer for more than four years prior to that. 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.  In addition, he has served in leadership roles in the water industry as President and a member of the executive committee of the National Association of Water Companies, a non-profit organization representing private water companies.  

As President and Chief Executive Officer of American States Water Company, he holds similar titles and responsibilities for the company’s subsidiaries, Golden State Water Company and American States Utility Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries and serves on their boards.  Mr. Sprowls joined American States Water Company in June 2004 as Senior Vice President – Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary. He was promoted to Executive Vice President – Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary in January 2008 and became Executive Vice President of the company and its subsidiaries in November 2008.

Prior to joining American States Water Company, Mr. Sprowls spent 21 years at CILCORP Inc., or CILCORP, a public utility holding company whose largest subsidiary, Central Illinois Light Company, served approximately 250,000 electric and gas utility customers. During his tenure with CILCORP, Mr. Sprowls held positions as President, Business Unit Leader – Energy Delivery, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer of Central Illinois Light Company, CFO of a non-regulated subsidiary of CILCORP, QST Enterprises Inc., and Vice President and Treasurer of CILCORP. Mr. Sprowls left CILCORP and Central Illinois Light Company following the sale of the company to Ameren Corporation in 2003.

Mr. Sprowls is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Water Companies.  He is also a member of the Southern California Leadership Council.  He has served on the board of directors of CILCORP Inc. and Central Illinois Light Company.  He has been a past chairman and a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Energy Association, a past chairman and a member of the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois and a committee chairman for the Heart of Illinois United Way Campaign.

He holds a BA degree in economics and business administration from Knox College in Illinois and a master in business administration from Bradley University, also in Illinois. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive) and a Certified Management Accountant.

Eva G. Tang
Senior Vice President - Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Treasurer

Eva G. Tang is Senior Vice President - Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary of American States Water Company, a role she has held since November 2008. She is also Senior Vice President - Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary for the company’s first-tier subsidiaries, Golden State Water Company and American States Utility Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Ms. Tang oversees finance, accounting, tax, risk services, investor relations, internal audit and information technology. She has been with the company since August 1996, holding various positions in the accounting and finance departments. 

Prior to joining the company, Ms. Tang held the position as Director of Budget and Planning at OroAmerica Company in Burbank, California, the largest publicly traded manufacturer and distributor of gold and silver jewelry in the United States at the time.    

Ms. Tang currently serves on the board of directors for Pomona Valley Protective Association, a non-profit organization formed to capture and percolate storm water to sustain the groundwater aquifer. She is also a member of the board of directors for the National Utilities Diversity Council, an organization which conducts research to educate, develop best practices and guide efforts to promote diversity in the utility industry.

Ms. Tang holds an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance from University of California, Los Angeles, as well as a BA degree in Business Administration.  
 

Gladys M. Farrow
Assistant Secretary

Gladys M. Farrow is the Vice President of Finance, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary for Golden State Water Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American States Water Company.  In that capacity she is responsible for all internal and external financial reporting including all company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  She is also responsible for all tax reporting and compliance, treasury and cash management functions, annual budgets and strategic planning, liquidity and capital resource planning, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Prior to joining Golden State Water Company in 2003, Ms. Farrow was employed by the international accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in Los Angeles, California, for thirteen years. She spent the last five years at PwC as a Senior Manager in the firm’s audit practice. Her responsibilities included planning, coordinating and managing all aspects of an audit primarily for companies that are public registrants with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  While at PwC she gained extensive knowledge and experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for public companies (with a focus in the utility industry). She provided a wide range of audit, consulting, information technology and tax services to a variety of multinational clients in the Consumer and Industrial Products Group based in Los Angeles. Companies that she worked with included Southern California Edison and the Department of Water & Power.  Ms. Farrow holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California since 1993.

Golden State Water Company Officers

Robert J. Sprowls
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Sprowls has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of American States Water Company since January 2009 and as a board member since May 2009. He was Chief Financial Officer for more than four years prior to that. 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.  In addition, he has served in leadership roles in the water industry as President and a member of the executive committee of the National Association of Water Companies, a non-profit organization representing private water companies.  

As President and Chief Executive Officer of American States Water Company, he holds similar titles and responsibilities for the company’s subsidiaries, Golden State Water Company and American States Utility Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries and serves on their boards.  Mr. Sprowls joined American States Water Company in June 2004 as Senior Vice President – Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary. He was promoted to Executive Vice President – Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary in January 2008 and became Executive Vice President of the company and its subsidiaries in November 2008.

Prior to joining American States Water Company, Mr. Sprowls spent 21 years at CILCORP Inc., or CILCORP, a public utility holding company whose largest subsidiary, Central Illinois Light Company, served approximately 250,000 electric and gas utility customers. During his tenure with CILCORP, Mr. Sprowls held positions as President, Business Unit Leader – Energy Delivery, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer of Central Illinois Light Company, CFO of a non-regulated subsidiary of CILCORP, QST Enterprises Inc., and Vice President and Treasurer of CILCORP. Mr. Sprowls left CILCORP and Central Illinois Light Company following the sale of the company to Ameren Corporation in 2003.

Mr. Sprowls is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Water Companies.  He is also a member of the Southern California Leadership Council.  He has served on the board of directors of CILCORP Inc. and Central Illinois Light Company.  He has been a past chairman and a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Energy Association, a past chairman and a member of the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois and a committee chairman for the Heart of Illinois United Way Campaign.

He holds a BA degree in economics and business administration from Knox College in Illinois and a master in business administration from Bradley University, also in Illinois. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive) and a Certified Management Accountant.

Paul J. Rowley
Senior Vice President – Regulated Water Utility

Paul Rowley is Senior Vice President – Regulated Water Utility for Golden State Water Company (GSWC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of American States Water Company.  He was promoted to this position in December 2021, and has oversight of all functions in the regulated water unit, including Water Operations, Asset Management, Environmental Quality, Customer and Community Relations, Customer Service, Water Use Efficiency, Water Resources and Regulated New Business.  

Mr. Rowley joined GSWC in 2007 and has served in various roles, including Vice President - Water Operations, Director - Procurement Services, and District Manager.  In these roles, his responsibilities included management of GSWC’s water operations, maintaining relationships with city and county management and elected officials, executive oversight of procurement, and management of GSWC’s Central District in Los Angeles County.  Prior to joining the company, Mr. Rowley worked for Castaic Lake Water Agency for nearly eleven years and Santa Clarita Water Company for almost thirteen years. 

Mr. Rowley holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. He also holds Grade 3 water treatment operator and Grade 5 water distribution operator certifications issued by the state of California Water Resources Control Board, Department of Drinking Water. 
 

Eva G. Tang
Senior Vice President - Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary

Eva G. Tang is Senior Vice President - Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary of American States Water Company, a role she has held since November 2008. She is also Senior Vice President - Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary for the company’s first-tier subsidiaries, Golden State Water Company and American States Utility Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Ms. Tang oversees finance, accounting, tax, risk services, investor relations, internal audit and information technology. She has been with the company since August 1996, holding various positions in the accounting and finance departments. 

Prior to joining the company, Ms. Tang held the position as Director of Budget and Planning at OroAmerica Company in Burbank, California, the largest publicly traded manufacturer and distributor of gold and silver jewelry in the United States at the time.    

Ms. Tang currently serves on the board of directors for Pomona Valley Protective Association, a non-profit organization formed to capture and percolate storm water to sustain the groundwater aquifer. She is also a member of the board of directors for the National Utilities Diversity Council, an organization which conducts research to educate, develop best practices and guide efforts to promote diversity in the utility industry.

Ms. Tang holds an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance from University of California, Los Angeles, as well as a BA degree in Business Administration.  

Gladys M. Farrow
Vice President - Finance, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary

Gladys M. Farrow is the Vice President of Finance, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary for Golden State Water Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American States Water Company.  In that capacity she is responsible for all internal and external financial reporting including all company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  She is also responsible for all tax reporting and compliance, treasury and cash management functions, annual budgets and strategic planning, liquidity and capital resource planning, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Prior to joining Golden State Water Company in 2003, Ms. Farrow was employed by the international accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in Los Angeles, California, for thirteen years. She spent the last five years at PwC as a Senior Manager in the firm’s audit practice. Her responsibilities included planning, coordinating and managing all aspects of an audit primarily for companies that are public registrants with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  While at PwC she gained extensive knowledge and experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for public companies (with a focus in the utility industry). She provided a wide range of audit, consulting, information technology and tax services to a variety of multinational clients in the Consumer and Industrial Products Group based in Los Angeles. Companies that she worked with included Southern California Edison and the Department of Water & Power.  Ms. Farrow holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California since 1993.

Patrick M. Kubiak
Vice President - Asset Management

Patrick M. Kubiak is Vice President, Asset Management for Golden State Water Company (GSWC).  In this role, he is responsible for establishing the vision and strategy to lead the company in the execution of critical and transformative asset management initiatives. Mr. Kubiak has oversight of the following functional areas: Asset Management Planning, Engineering Design, Capital Program Construction, Technical Services and Operations Support, Developer In-fill New Business Services, and Preventative Maintenance.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Kubiak headed up GSWC’s first Technology Services department. He led the technology strategic planning effort and managed the implementation of the technology roadmap while overseeing change management and business process design initiatives.

Mr. Kubiak joined GSWC in 2018 after serving as a management consultant with Navigant Consulting, Inc. and PA Consulting Group. In this role, he performed business strategy and operational assessment studies involving strategic planning, business process design, utility resource planning, technology advisory, and rate design for some of the largest water and electric utilities in North America. 

Mr. Kubiak holds Masters of Science in Mechanical, Software and Automotive Engineering from Cranfield University (U.K.) and ESTIA Engineering School (France), and a Master in Strategy and Management from ESSEC Business School (France).
 

Jon G. Pierotti
Vice President – Regulatory Affairs
Sunil K. Pillai
Vice President – Environmental Quality

Sunil Pillai is the Vice President of Environmental Quality at Golden State Water Company. Mr. Pillai has over 25 years of experience in the Environmental/Water Utility industry. He began his career with Golden State Water Company in 2003 as a Water Quality Engineer and over the years has held various managerial positions in Water Operations, Asset Management, and Environmental Quality. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Pillai worked as a Project Manager for the California Environmental Protection Agency and has also worked as a consultant in multiple Environmental Consulting firms in California. 

Mr. Pillai has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum, India, and a Master’s degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds a  Professional Engineers (PE) License in Civil Engineering in the State of California.

American States Utility Services, Inc. and Subsidiaries Officers

Robert J. Sprowls
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Sprowls has served on the American States Water Company board since May 2009 and the boards of the subsidiary companies since his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company effective January 2009.  Mr. Sprowls is a member of the ASUS committee and the issuance committee. He also served as a member of the strategy and corporate development committee from January 2009 until it was dissolved in October 2011.
 
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.

Robert J. 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.  Mr. Sprowls joined American States Water Company in June 2004 as Senior Vice President – Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary. He was promoted to Executive Vice President – Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary in January 2008 and became Executive Vice President of the company and its subsidiaries in November 2008.

Prior to joining American States Water Company, Mr. Sprowls spent 21 years at CILCORP Inc., or CILCORP, a public utility holding company whose largest subsidiary, Central Illinois Light Company, served approximately 250,000 gas and electric utility customers. During his tenure with CILCORP, Mr. Sprowls held positions as President, Business Unit Leader – Energy Delivery, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer of Central Illinois Light Company, CFO of a non-regulated subsidiary of CILCORP, QST Enterprises Inc., and Vice President and Treasurer of CILCORP. Mr. Sprowls left CILCORP and Central Illinois Light Company following the sale of the company to Ameren Corporation in 2003.

Mr. Sprowls is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Water Companies and has previously served as its president.  He is also a member of the Southern California Leadership Council. He has served on the board of directors of CILCORP Inc. and Central Illinois Light Company. He has been a past chairman and a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Energy Association, a past chairman and a member of the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois and a committee chairman for the Heart of Illinois United Way Campaign.

He holds a BA degree in economics and business administration from Knox College in Illinois and a master in business administration from Bradley University, also in Illinois. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive) and a Certified Management Accountant.

Christopher H. Connor
Senior Vice President
Eva G. Tang
Senior Vice President - Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary

Eva G. Tang is Senior Vice President - Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary of American States Water Company, a role she has held since November 2008. She is also Senior Vice President - Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary for the company’s first-tier subsidiaries, Golden State Water Company and American States Utility Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Ms. Tang oversees finance, accounting, tax, risk services, investor relations, internal audit and information technology. She has been with the company since August 1996, holding various positions in the accounting and finance departments. 

Prior to joining the company, Ms. Tang held the position as Director of Budget and Planning at OroAmerica Company in Burbank, California, the largest publicly traded manufacturer and distributor of gold and silver jewelry in the United States at the time.    

Ms. Tang currently serves on the board of directors for Pomona Valley Protective Association, a non-profit organization formed to capture and percolate storm water to sustain the groundwater aquifer. She is also a member of the board of directors for the National Utilities Diversity Council, an organization which conducts research to educate, develop best practices and guide efforts to promote diversity in the utility industry.

Ms. Tang holds an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance from University of California, Los Angeles, as well as a BA degree in Business Administration.  

Granville R. Hodges, Jr
Vice President – Operations

Granville R. Hodges, Jr. is Vice President – Operations for American States Utility Services, Inc. (ASUS), a subsidiary of American States Water Company.  In this capacity he is responsible for providing strategic direction over the activities and operations for ASUS subsidiaries. This includes overseeing all aspects of operating, maintaining and constructing water, wastewater, and treatment facilities on military installations across the country.  

Mr. Hodges has been with the company for more than 40 years, and brings a wealth of practical knowledge related to utility operations, administration, and other service modalities.  His interpersonal and leadership skills have helped serve to forge solid partnerships with military leaders, business leaders, contractors and consultants.  He was integrally involved with launching the Company’s Helmets to Hardhats program to assist military personnel in transitioning from military service to civilian life.  He also serves as a mentor and as an advisor to utility professionals on issues relating to operations, emergency preparedness, procedures and practices.

Mr. Hodges holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and has completed studies in Organizational Leadership and Human Resources.  He has served in leadership roles with the American Water Works Association and numerous municipal and community-based organizations.

Gladys M. Farrow
Treasurer and Assistant Secretary

Gladys M. Farrow is the Vice President of Finance, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary for Golden State Water Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American States Water Company.  In that capacity she is responsible for all internal and external financial reporting including all company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  She is also responsible for all tax reporting and compliance, treasury and cash management functions, annual budgets and strategic planning, liquidity and capital resource planning, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Prior to joining Golden State Water Company in 2003, Ms. Farrow was employed by the international accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in Los Angeles, California, for thirteen years. She spent the last five years at PwC as a Senior Manager in the firm’s audit practice. Her responsibilities included planning, coordinating and managing all aspects of an audit primarily for companies that are public registrants with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  While at PwC she gained extensive knowledge and experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for public companies (with a focus in the utility industry). She provided a wide range of audit, consulting, information technology and tax services to a variety of multinational clients in the Consumer and Industrial Products Group based in Los Angeles. Companies that she worked with included Southern California Edison and the Department of Water & Power.  Ms. Farrow holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California since 1993.