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New CEO Named for Capital Region Water

Following an extensive search, Capital Region Water has a new chief executive officer, the Harrisburg-area water/sewer authority announced this morning.

Mark Kropilak (pictured left) began work Monday heading up operations at CRW, which provides water, wastewater and storm water services to some 120,000 residents in and around Harrisburg, said Andrew Bliss, CRW’s community outreach manager.

“It is an honor to be selected CEO of Capital Region Water,” Kropilak said in a statement. “I have joined a team of employees dedicated to providing high quality water, superior customer service and operational excellence.”

Kropilak is CRW’s second CEO since it separated from the Harrisburg Authority in late 2013. He replaces Shannon Gority, who left last year.

According to CRW, Kropilak has extensive experience in both the private and regulated sectors of the industry, including as CEO, board advisor, general counsel and in business development roles.

“After a comprehensive search process, Mark impressed the board of directors with his 30 years of experience in the water industry and understanding of complex issues facing Capital Region Water, including infrastructure investments, regulatory mandates and utility resilience,” said Marc Kurowski, CRW’s board chair. “He is capable of taking these issues head on in the most efficient manner to best serve our customers.”

Kropilak holds a law degree from Columbia University, a master’s degree from Villanova University and a bachelor’s degree from Saint Vincent College.

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