Chief Information Officer, Essential Utilities
Whitney Stengel Kellett is chief information officer for Essential (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. Kellett is responsible for all Information Technology (IT) staff, services, applications and systems across Essential and its water, wastewater and natural gas subsidiaries.
In her role, Kellett has led comprehensive upgrades of all infrastructure technology including servers, data storage, networks, end-user computers and data centers. In addition, she implemented security platforms to support comprehensive risk management and cybersecurity programs and spearheaded the IT workstream in developing strategies to leverage systems that will ensure collaboration, productivity and efficiency across the enterprise post-merge.
Overseeing an annual IT budget in excess of $100M and a staff of 150 employees and contractors, Kellett has led numerous technology initiatives including the implementation of Workday, the development of an enterprise shared technology services model across all subsidiaries and is currently executing a 4-year business transformation program to implement SAP S/4 HANA (ERP, CR&B, BW) for all water/wastewater subsidiaries.
A veteran IT executive, specializing in strategic planning and execution, Kellett has held technology positions in a variety of industries including financial services, global transportation, manufacturing, clinical research, commercial real estate, insurance, private equity, energy and utilities. Prior to joining Essential Utilities in 2016, Kellett was Chief Information Officer at Atlas Energy, LLC, a publicly traded, E&P energy company.
Education, Professional Memberships & Honors
Kellett earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and will begin pursuing an executive MBA at Villanova University September 2021.
She serves on the Board of Trustees at The Woodlynde School and is a member of the Forum of Executive Women. She co-chaired Essential Utilities’ United Way campaigns in 2019 and 2020 as well as co-chaired a $10M capital campaign for St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, PA.
In 2018, 2019 and 2020, Kellett was a finalist for Philadelphia CIO of the Year in the Large Enterprise category by the Philly CIO Leadership Association.