Chris  Franklin net worth and biography

Chris Franklin Biography and Net Worth

Christopher Franklin is chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Essential Utilities, Inc. (NYSE: WTRG). Essential is one of the largest publicly traded water, wastewater and natural gas providers in the U.S., serving approximately 5 million people across 10 states. He has served as CEO since July 2015, and as chairman since December 2017.

Professional History
Since being named CEO in 2015, the company’s market capitalization more than doubled, to more than $11 billion. Through the company’s growth-through-acquisition program, customer count nearly doubled and total return to shareholders was more than 100%.

In 2018, the company welcomed its 1 millionth customer, and in 2019, it announced what will be the largest municipal acquisition in the company’s history – an agreement to acquire the wastewater assets of the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA), adding 165,000 new customers.

These successes are attributed to Franklin refocusing the company on growing its regulated business, purchasing municipal water and wastewater systems, and shedding its under-performing unregulated businesses. The company then broadened its strategy by adding a natural gas platform with the $4.3 billion purchase of Pittsburgh-based Peoples.

The accomplishment of which Franklin is most proud is building a strong management team. He has worked deliberately to bring diversity to the company’s board of directors, employee base and management team. In fact, Franklin has appointed nine women to leadership roles in the company since being named CEO. Under Franklin’s leadership, the company has been recognized by the Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia for recruiting a Board of Directors that is comprised of at least 30 percent women.

Additionally, Franklin was named one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs in 2017 for his “strong record of innovation, outstanding financial performance, commitment to quality, a strong vision, a commitment to diversity in the workplace and contributions to the Greater Philadelphia region.” In 2019, Franklin was recognized by EY (formerly Ernst & Young) with their “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for his innovative vision of the Peoples acquisition and many years of successful leadership in the utility industry.

Prior to his role as CEO, Franklin was president and chief operating officer. A 27-plus-year veteran of the company, Franklin has held executive roles in public affairs, customer service and operations.

Board Leadership
In addition to serving as the chairman of Essential’s board of directors, Franklin is active in the community and serves on the following nonprofit boards:

• Director and past chairman, National Association of Water Companies
• Director, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
• Director, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Trustee, University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees, Philadelphia, Pa.
• Trustee, West Chester University’s Council of Trustees, West Chester, Pa.
• Trustee, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pa.

Franklin earned his bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and his MBA from Villanova University.

What is Chris Franklin's net worth?

The estimated net worth of Chris Franklin is at least $1.38 million as of March 8th, 2023. Mr. Franklin owns 37,245 shares of Essential Utilities stock worth more than $1,382,162 as of May 23rd. This net worth estimate does not reflect any other assets that Mr. Franklin may own. Additionally, Mr. Franklin receives a salary of $2,440,000.00 as CEO at Essential Utilities. Learn More about Chris Franklin's net worth.

How old is Chris Franklin?

Mr. Franklin is currently 59 years old. There are 5 older executives and no younger executives at Essential Utilities. Learn More on Chris Franklin's age.

What is Chris Franklin's salary?

As the CEO of Essential Utilities, Inc., Mr. Franklin earns $2,440,000.00 per year. Learn More on Chris Franklin's salary.

How do I contact Chris Franklin?

The corporate mailing address for Mr. Franklin and other Essential Utilities executives is 762 W. LANCASTER AVENUE, BRYN MAWR PA, 19010. Essential Utilities can also be reached via phone at (610) 527-8000 and via email at [email protected]. Learn More on Chris Franklin's contact information.

Has Chris Franklin been buying or selling shares of Essential Utilities?

Chris Franklin has not been actively trading shares of Essential Utilities in the last ninety days. Most recently, on Wednesday, March 8th, Chris Franklin bought 37,245 shares of Essential Utilities stock. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $40.70 per share, with a total value of $1,515,871.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 37,245 shares of the company's stock, valued at $1,515,871.50. Learn More on Chris Franklin's trading history.

Who are Essential Utilities' active insiders?

Essential Utilities' insider roster includes Colleen Arnold (President), Richard Fox (COO), Chris Franklin (CEO), Matthew Rhodes (EVP), Robert Rubin (CAO), Ellen Ruff (Director), and Daniel Schuller (EVP). Learn More on Essential Utilities' active insiders.

Are insiders buying or selling shares of Essential Utilities?

During the last year, insiders at the sold shares 3 times. They sold a total of 8,832 shares worth more than $333,083.49. The most recent insider tranaction occured on May, 1st when CAO Robert A Rubin sold 2,023 shares worth more than $73,960.88. Insiders at Essential Utilities own 0.2% of the company. Learn More about insider trades at Essential Utilities.

Information on this page was last updated on 5/1/2024.

Chris Franklin Insider Trading History at Essential Utilities

Transaction DateBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionShares Held After TransactionDetails
3/8/2023Buy37,245$40.70$1,515,871.5037,245View SEC Filing Icon  
8/5/2021Sell44,183$50.00$2,209,150.00131,519View SEC Filing Icon  
11/9/2020Sell34,001$45.78$1,556,565.78144,768View SEC Filing Icon  
8/7/2020Sell21,869$46.50$1,016,908.50144,768View SEC Filing Icon  
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Essential Utilities Company Overview

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Essential Utilities, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates regulated utilities that provide water, wastewater, or natural gas services in the United States. The company operates through Regulated Water and Regulated Natural Gas segments. It offers water services through operating and maintenance contract with municipal authorities and other parties. In addition, the company provides utility service line protection solutions and repair services to households. It serves approximately 5.5 million residential water, commercial water, fire protection, industrial water, wastewater, and other water and utility customers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, and Kentucky under the Aqua and Peoples brands. The company was formerly known as Aqua America, Inc. and changed its name to Essential Utilities, Inc. in February 2020. Essential Utilities, Inc. was founded in 1886 and is headquartered in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
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