San Jose Water Announces Willie Brown as Vice President, General Counsel 

San Jose Water, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SJW Group, announced this week the appointment of Willie Brown of Santa Clara  as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.

In this new role, he will also be a member of the company’s executive leadership team and an officer of SJW Group, according to an announcement  by the SJW Group board of directors.

Brown joined San Jose Water in 2008 as an attorney. He most recently served as corporate secretary and assistant general counsel.

Willie Brown, new VP of San Jose Water. company photo

In his 13 years at SJW, Willie Brown has demonstrated his passion and skill for serving customers, employees and shareholders,” stated Eric W. Thornburg, president and CEO of SJW Group. Brown

will oversee corporate governance, legal matters, contract negotiation and management, and management of outside counsel. His team supports company financings, mergers and acquisitions, SEC filings, executive compensation, internal controls, policy development and implementation, enterprise risk management and other company business functions.

His past experience includes start-up representation, venture capital financing and mergers and acquisitions. Brown is also actively engaged in SJW Group’s National Diversity and Equity Council and its corporate sustainability team.

Brown is chair of the Civil Service Commission of the City of Santa Clara, and as a board member of two nonprofits. He, his husband, and their twin sons reside in Santa Clara.

Willie has a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. He also attended Mission Community College where he served as a Student Trustee. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran.

The Hanford, Calif., native is a former financial analyst with Applied Materials, Inc., and worked as a cost accountant with IBM. During law school, he served as an extern for the Judge Anthony W. Ishi, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California.

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