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Kari Bennett

President, Aqua Indiana

Kari Bennett

Kari Bennett is the president of Aqua Indiana, which provides water and wastewater services to about 83,000 people in 15 counties across Indiana. Aqua Indiana is a subsidiary of Essential (NYSE: WTRG), one of the largest publicly traded water, wastewater and natural gas providers in the U.S., serving approximately 5 million people in 10 states.

In her role, Bennett leads the company’s Indiana business, including strategy, operations, safety, environmental compliance, infrastructure improvement projects and customer growth.

Professional History

Prior to joining Aqua Indiana in 2020, Bennett served as the executive director of external affairs at the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, which delivers electric power across 15 states and one Canadian province. She also previously served as a commissioner for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, policy director for Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, and general counsel for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.


Bennett earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the Miami University of Ohio and a juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota.