Wendy A. Franks
Wendy A. Franks is a member of the board of directors for Essential Utilities, Inc. (NYSE: WTRG), one of the largest publicly traded water, wastewater and natural gas providers in the U.S., serving approximately 5 million people across 10 states.
Franks is a senior principal at CPPIB, a Canadian pension fund with CAD$330+ billion, where she is part of the relationship investments team, responsible for sourcing and evaluating potential relationship investment opportunities, monitoring portfolio company performance and development of the business network. Franks leads the group’s efforts in financial institutions and utilities and renewables.
Prior to joining CPPIB, she was an associate principal at McKinsey & Co., where she helped a number of clients develop business strategies.
Franks holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in applied science in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She holds a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland. She is currently a member of the board of directors of ReNew Power, the largest renewable energy independent power producer in India.
Franks serves on the audit committee and the risk mitigation and investment policy committee of the board.