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Executive Officers & Management

Mr. Fleming has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Water since January 2015 and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors in November 2018. From 2007 to 2014, he served in various roles with the company, including as Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and General Manager, and from 2004 to 2006, as Senior Project Manager of Engineering and Construction.  Mr. Fleming joined Global Water in 2004, crossing over from the construction industry where he worked on numerous large-scale heavy civil infrastructure projects throughout Arizona.  Mr. Fleming has over 16 years of related management and utility experience. Mr. Fleming is a director of the Board of Directors of the Maricopa Economic Development Alliance and the Pinal Partnership where he is the Co-Chair and founder of the organization’s Water Resources Committee.


Ron L. Fleming
Chairman, President & CEO


Mike Liebman
Senior Vice President & CFO

Mr. Liebman has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Global Water since May 2014. Mr. Liebman brings over 17 years of finance and management experience. Prior to joining Global Water, Mr. Liebman was a Senior Director at Alvarez and Marsal, a predominant turnaround and restructuring firm in the United States, from 2002 to 2014. While at Alvarez and Marsal, Mr. Liebman provided strategic planning and interim management services to companies across various industries, including homebuilding, retail, rental/leasing, and manufacturing. During this time, he successfully negotiated the restructuring of over $3 billion in capital and raised $750 million of new capital for clients. Mr. Liebman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Northern Arizona University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Arizona, and is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA).

Mr. Krygier serves as Chief Operating Officer for Global Water.  He brings more than 15 years of experience in operations management, regulatory strategy, and capital deployment for large projects and transactions, along with multi-state experience and industry knowledge.  He has extensive experience representing utilities before the Arizona Corporation Commission, other public utility commissions, and municipal and county governments. Mr. Krygier most recently served as director of operations for a water and wastewater utility division of an investor owned, publicly traded, multi-national renewable energy and regulated utility conglomerate.  He served as its director of rates, regulatory and governmental affairs for a division that served hundreds of thousands of customer connections throughout Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois.  He played an integral role in the acquisition and integration of multiple billion-dollar transactions related to wind power generation and distribution.  He earned his BS in Economics and MBA in Finance from Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business.  He is also a Certified Management Accountant.


Christopher Krygier 
Chief Operating Officer 

Mr. Corwin has served as the General Manager of Global Water since September 2013. He previously held roles as the Maricopa-Casa Grande Regional Manager and the Operations Program Manager. Mr. Corwin joined Global Water in 2011 after serving eight years as a Civil Engineering Officer in the United States Air Force where his primary duties included managing infrastructure construction and maintenance at multiple Air Force bases. While in the Air Force, he served in a variety of capacities; including, civil construction, base utility engineer, maintenance engineer, and emergency manager in both stateside and deployed locations. Mr. Corwin holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, with an emphasis in structural engineering. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.


Jon Corwin
Vice President and General Manager

Ms. Kitts has served as Vice President since August 2022 and since August 2021 as the Company’s Controller.  She brings over 25 years of experience in financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, internal control compliance, and engagement management with both internal and external auditors. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Kitts held roles such as Vice President of Internal Reporting and Controller of Taronis Fuels, Inc., a publicly-traded clean energy company specializing in renewable fuels and water sterilization. Prior to her tenure at Taronis Fuels, Inc., she served as Controller at the Maricopa Water District, a water and power service provider for agricultural farmlands, and External Reporting Manager for Centuri Group, Inc. (formerly NPL Construction), a comprehensive utility infrastructure construction company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc. Throughout her career, she has worked in rapid-growth environments, using her strong leadership skills to build accounting teams from the ground up. Ms. Kitts holds a Master of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University and has been a licensed CPA since 2005.


Shelley Kitts
Vice President and Controller

Ms. Ellsworth currently serves as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs. Ms. Ellsworth joined Global Water in 2011, with 17 years of experience as an attorney. Her practice focused primarily on representing municipalities regarding economic development, infrastructure financing and construction, condemnation, and zoning. She worked with various municipal clients to draft and implement contracts, memorandums of understanding, ordinances, and other documents concerning real estate, economic development, construction, human resources, and zoning. Ms. Ellsworth is a member of the Missouri Bar, a graduate of the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri Kansas City – School of Law (UMKC), where she was a member and editor of the UMKC Law Review.  Ms. Ellsworth is a director on the Board of Directors of Water Utility Association of Arizona.


Joanne Ellsworth
Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs

Mr. Brill serves as Vice President, IT Operations and Security.  Mr. Brill brings over 20 years of professional experience in Information Technology, with a focus on architecting efficient, scalable, and secure infrastructures. Prior to joining Global Water, Mr. Brill served as an IT consultant for mid-market manufacturing corporations where he worked directly with CIOs and CTOs designing new Enterprise IT infrastructures, deploying new ERP systems and redefining desktop environments.  He has also held roles focused on architecting secure, stable, and scalable solutions across the infrastructure stack, including Telephony, Virtualization, Storage, Networking, Data Center and Cloud technologies.  Mr. Brill also served as Vice President, IT Operations and Security, at a360inc, a leading technology and outsourcing services provider in the real estate industry.  Mr. Brill holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Western International University and a M.S. in Business Administration - Information Technology Management from Ashford University.  Mr. Brill is also a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP).


Steven Brill
Vice President, IT Operations and Security


Jake Lenderking
Senior Vice President, Water Resources and Legislative Affairs

Mr. Lenderking currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Water Resources and Legislative Affairs. He previously held roles such as the Manager of Water Resources at EPCOR Water, in addition to working in the Water Conservation Office at the City of Phoenix where he assisted in the management of the City's water resources and oversaw the development of the City's Demand Management Plan and the City's Residential Retrofit Program. Prior to his tenure at the City of Phoenix, Mr. Lenderking worked at the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR). He held various positions and ultimately oversaw the review of all Phoenix Active Management Area recharge and recovery applications. Mr. Lenderking received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources with a concentration in Watershed Ecology from Arizona State University, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Mr. Alvarez is the Vice President of Engineering and Construction where he is responsible for Planning, Development, Engineering and Construction. He brings 30 years of experience in Utility and Infrastructure Leadership. Prior to Global Water, Mr. Alvarez was the Facilities and Energy Management Administrator for the City of Phoenix, Water Services Department where he led the formation of a Facility and Energy Management Group. The group was responsible for implementing organizational structure, process management, technology integration, and performance improvement to the Facilities & Energy Management division. His prior roles include P&L responsibility as Vice President Project and Asset Management, Contractual Solutions, and Operations and Maintenance of large independent power producers. Mr. Alvarez is US Navy Submarine veteran and earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and his MBA from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. He is currently working on a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on Data Analytics at Grand Canyon University.

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Freddy Alvarez
Vice President of Engineering and Construction

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