A well-respected and transformational Silicon Valley leader, Guardino has a successful track record of promoting economic development — working to improve quality of life in the communities he has served.   

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 20, 2020 – SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) has appointed Carl Guardino to the company’s board of directors effective May 19, 2020.


Guardino has been CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) since 1997. Founded by David Packard of Hewlett Packard, SVLG has served as a driving force for change in Silicon Valley spanning over four decades. Guardino brings to the Board experience working collaboratively with business leaders, government officials and community leaders to improve the economic health and quality of life in the state and region.  He is viewed as a valued counselor to elected officials, as a voice of the innovation economy, and as a tireless leader serving the non-profit community through the SVLG Foundation.

“Carl is a transformational leader in Silicon Valley and I am very excited to welcome him to our Board of Directors,” said Eric W. Thornburg, Chairman, President and CEO of SJW Group. “We believe his strong background working with local companies and organizations, coupled with his commitment to forging beneficial change in local communities, will be extremely valuable to SJW Group.”

“I am very honored about this new role with SJW Group, and have maintained a longstanding relationship with its leadership team. Safe and reliable water service is fundamental for public health protection and economic development,” said Guardino. “I look forward to working with them to address the many challenges facing our region and state.”

Guardino graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. From here, he joined the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group (precursor to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group), as a vice president responsible for issues related to transportation and housing, a passion of his. Guardino was asked to join Hewlett Packard to work on Bay Area government affairs. This began his path towards becoming CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.  Earlier this year, Carl announced that he was leaving the organization and will continue in his role as CEO until a replacement is found.

About SJW Group

SJW Group is the second largest investor-owned pure play water and wastewater utility based on rate base in the United States, providing life-saving and high-quality water service to nearly 1.5 million people. SJW Group's locally led and operated water utilities - San Jose Water Company in California; Connecticut Water Company, Avon Water Company and Heritage Village Water Company in Connecticut; Maine Water Company in Maine; and SJWTX, Inc. (dba Canyon Lake Water Service Company) in Texas - possess the financial strength, operational expertise and technological innovation to safeguard the environment, deliver outstanding service to customers and provide opportunities to employees. SJW Group remains focused on investing in its operations, remaining actively engaged in its local communities and delivering continued sustainable value to its shareholders. For more information about SJW Group, please visit www.sjwgroup.com.


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