ERTH Corporation’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Chris White to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Chris assumed the role effective July 1, 2016 and has succeeded Jeff Pettit’s 24 years of dedicated service to ERTH Corporation.
Jeff Pettit has been the company’s founder and chief executive officer since August 2000. He joined Ingersoll PUC, one of ERTH’s nine predecessor organizations, in 1992 as Treasurer. ERTH Corporation (formerly Erie Thames Power) was formed as a result of restructuring of Ontario’s electric distribution sector by Queens Park. “I am proud of my role in founding ERTH Corporation and feel good that I’ve left the company in a good place and in good hands,” says Pettit.
With 28 years of experience in the energy sector, Chris White has worked his way up through the company. His impressive career history began in 1988 as an Apprentice Powerline Technician with Ingersoll PUC. He has since held various supervisory, senior management and executive positions within the organization. In 2010, White became President of Erie Thames Powerlines, serving electricity customers in 14 communities across four counties within Southwestern Ontario. In 2013, White added Chief Operating Officer of ERTH Corporation to his list of responsibilities. White is also very active within the industry sitting on various Boards and committees associated with the electricity sector.
“The opportunity to lead ERTH Corporation as it continues its transformation as a leading energy company is both very exciting and humbling,” says Chris White. “I believe ERTH Corporation is a true example of what the Province is expecting from our sector. ERTH has shown leadership through utility consolidation as a merger of nine former LDCs, which provided opportunities for growth while continuing to provide exceptional service to our customers. In return, this has created value for our customers, shareholders and the communities in which we serve.”
“On behalf of ERTH, I want to thank Jeff Pettit for his outstanding service as President and CEO over the last 16 years. His leadership and vision has been vital in preparing the organization for its transformation to Utility 2.0.”