Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller, Essential Utilities
Robert Rubin is senior vice president, chief accounting officer and controller 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.
He is responsible for external and internal financial reporting, including that required by the Securities Exchange Commission and Sarbanes Oxley regulations. He is also responsible for financial information system projects, coordinating external audits, corporate accounting and maintaining compliance with accounting standards and principles throughout the company.
Rubin has led accounting workstreams during three major acquisitions at Essential (previously Aqua America), including a pivotal merger with Consumers Water in 1999 which expanded the company’s operating footprint from a single state to five states; the acquisition of AquaSource in 2003 which added five additional states; and the acquisition of natural gas distributor Peoples, marking Essential’s expansion into the natural gas utility business.
In addition, Rubin launched the company’s internal compliance program in 2004, including a committee to champion internal compliance enhancements.
Rubin was previously the senior vice president, chief accounting officer and controller for Aqua America, before the company was renamed Essential in connection with its acquisition of natural gas distributor Peoples. He was appointed to the role in May 2005 after having served as chief accounting officer since March 2004 and as controller for the previous five years.
Rubin first joined the company in 1989 as an accounting manager. He was later promoted to manager, budgets and finance before being appointed assistant controller in 1994. Prior to joining Aqua America, Rubin was employed by KPMG LLP.
Education & Professional Memberships
Rubin is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University. His professional associations include the Pennsylvania and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants and the EEI Chief Accounting Officer Committee.