Middlesex Water appoints a new chief financial officer

Middlesex Water Co. Iselin-based announced Tuesday that it has 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 on June 21 after 34 years of service.

“I and the rest of the Middlesex board are thrilled to have Mohammed G. “Rally” Zerhouni join our company. His extensive knowledge and experience will play a key role in addressing the many opportunities and challenges facing our company and our industry,” said Nadine Leslie, CEO and President of Middlesex Water. “A very comprehensive and thoughtful recruitment process was conducted, which allowed us to select a financial leader who will be able to implement the company’s mission of ensuring operational and financial excellence.”

With over 20 years of experience, Zerhouni was most recently Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer at SJW Group, where he led a team of over 55 professionals in key areas of accounting and finance. Prior to joining SJW Group, he was CFO at regulated utility Veolia North America, where he led the development and execution of the finance transformation plan. Prior to joining Veolia, he led audit teams at PwC that included engagements with large investor-owned utilities. Zerhouni also served as an adjunct professor at Franklin University, teaching accounting courses.

“I am honored to have been appointed to lead the Middlesex Water Co. financial organization. I am very excited to work with this talented team to continue to provide reliable and affordable water services to our communities while navigating the evolving regulatory landscape and ensuring long-term financial stability,” said Zerhouni.